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Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana

Observer

kueda

Date

September 13, 2008 05:03 PM PDT

Description

I thought these were Gray Jays, but that was pretty clearly wrong. Saw these a couple times, almost always in small, noisy flocks.

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Sierran Treefrog Pseudacris sierra

Observer

kueda

Date

September 13, 2008 05:40 PM PDT

Description

There were a bunch of these around the shore of Scout Carson Lake, in may different color forms. At night, they crept up on the rock by our campsite, chilling out in the crevices.

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California Turret Spider Antrodiaetus riversi

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kueda

Date

September 13, 2008 09:40 AM PDT

Description

I didn't actually see the spider, but the clearness of the turret leads me to believe it was in use.

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Steinberg's Corambe Corambe steinbergae

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 11:40 PM PDT

Description

The current name for this is Corambe steinbergae, but it looks like our name providers don't know that yet. This was a really cool find for me. This is one of two very cryptic nudibranch that mimic the appearance of their food, the bryozoan Membranipora, which grows on kelp. This little guy was 8 mm tops, so I could hardly even tell it was a slug until I looked at the picture.

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Thornback Guitarfish Platyrhinoidis triseriata

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Wow, there are a lot of things named "thornback." This one was a kind of guitarfish, which is a kind of bottom-dwelling shark relative. Nate found this on our first dive. About 1 m long.

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

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Umbrella Crab Cryptolithodes sitchensis

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 12:22 PM PDT

Description

Yay, another umbrella crab. Such kooky little animals.

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Sheep Crab Loxorhynchus grandis

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:34 PM PDT

Description

Not sure if this was a sheep crab or a moss crab, but they're both in the same genus. There were a couple of these out among the tube anemones.

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Fringed Cerianthid Pachycerianthus fimbriatus

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:35 PM PDT

Description

Still there, still beautiful.

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:40 PM PDT

Description

Purdy.

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Hudson's Horned Dorid Acanthodoris hudsoni

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:40 PM PDT

Description

Been a while since I've seen this little slug. Always a pleasure.

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warty sea cucumber Parastichopus parvimensis

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:41 PM PDT

Description

Big as yer arm!

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White-spotted Sea Goddess Doriopsilla albopunctata

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:46 PM PDT

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Sea Lemon Peltodoris nobilis

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:45 PM PDT

Description

Currently Peltodoris nobilis. Ah well. There were many out to day, big, fat, gigantic ones. This one was probably 10 cm or more.

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Foliate Kelp Crab Pugettia foliata

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:50 PM PDT

Description

Was super psyched to find this crab, which was new for me, but not super psyched to discover it's genus is Mimulus, causing iNat to think it's a plant. This will take a little refactoring...

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Sea Clown Triopha Triopha catalinae

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 04:00 PM PDT

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Painted greenling Oxylebius pictus

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 04:05 PM PDT

Description

There were lots of these out along the Breakwater and at Otter Cove. Beautiful little fish.

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San Diego Dorid Diaulula sandiegensis

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008

Description

Saw a couple, didn't take any pics.

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Heath's Dorid Geitodoris heathi

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008

Description

Saw one or two.

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Lion's Mane Nudibranch Melibe leonina

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 04:10 AM PDT

Description

Was VERY excited to find these. They were all over the kelp at the surface, and I believe Zach found these two under water. First time seeing this amazing slug.

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Orange-spike Polycera Polycera atra

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 03:15 PM PDT

Description

Brenna found one piece of kelp at the surface that was just COVERED with these, but unfortunately it's very hard taking pictures on the surface. Moving kelp, moving water, and shaky hands don't make for great pics.

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Ida's Mitre Mitra idae

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 12:08 PM PDT

Description

Slipper snails on Ida's Mitre.

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Sandcastle Worm Phragmatopoma californica

Observer

kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 11:47 AM PDT

Description

Beautiful, beautiful worms. Need to look them up. Fairly sure I've seen (and possible photographed) these before. Time to learn them...

Update: after consulting Light's, Kozloff, BPT, and this dead ringer of a photo at CalPhotos I think this is probably Phragmatopoma californica, the common sandcastle worm. Can anyone confirm? Each tube was no more than 1-3 cm long. Observed in a kelp holdfast at ~30 ft depth, off Pacific Grove, CA.

Also of note: an NYTimes article on researchers studying this worms sand adhesive for biomedical applications (or perhaps "biomedical inspiration" would be more accurate). Via oceanwire.

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Strawberry Anemone Corynactis californica

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 11:52 AM PDT

Description

Our seas here in California are replete with color.

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Hooked Slippersnail Crepidula adunca

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 12:08 PM PDT

Description

Hooked slipper snails attached to Ida's mitre.

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 04:18 PM PDT

Description

This is sort of like the cover of a particularly uncreative prayer book, but surfacing to a sight like this at the end of two great dives was sheer pleasure. Pictures can be pure text. Reality, thankfully, cannot.

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Giant Sea Star Pisaster giganteus

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 11:52 AM PDT

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Bat Star Patiria miniata

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 11:52 AM PDT
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