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What

checker lily Fritillaria affinis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 04:55 PM PDT

Description

These are what Mission Bells look like when they've gone to seed! Saw so many crazy seed pods today.

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What

Strawberry Anemone Corynactis californica

Observer

kueda

Date

June 14, 2009 02:13 PM PDT

Description

One of several species in this photo.

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What

Salt-and-pepper Doris Aegires albopunctatus

Observer

kueda

Date

June 14, 2009 10:52 AM PDT

Description

You don't have to put on a silly suit, breath through a tube, and fall through 100 ft of water to see scenes like this, and yet I did!

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What

horseshoe worms Phylum Phoronida

Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 09:49 AM PDT

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What

San Diego Dorid Diaulula sandiegensis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 09:48 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 09:36 AM PDT

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What

Archidoris montereyensis Doris montereyensis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 09:26 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 09:22 AM PDT

Description

These were very common in rocky areas.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 11:44 AM PDT

Description

I went snorkeling in Tomales Bay seeking this slug ... and I found it! So awesome.

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What

Pacific sea nettle Chrysaora fuscescens

Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 11:28 AM PDT

Description

If you've seen the jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you've seen this guy. This was a smaller, stupider example, who seemed dead set on ramming himself into a clump of eel grass, repeatedly.

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What

Pacific Rock Crab (Romaleon antennarium) Romaleon antennarium

Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 12:14 PM PDT

Description

The rock crab on the left seemed like it was mating (it was holding on to another crab with its rear legs). The crab on the right seemed to have a problem with that.

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What

Feather Duster Worms Family Sabellidae

Observer

kueda

Date

June 28, 2009 09:28 AM PDT

Description

These were interesting. They were very large, the tube being about 10 cm tall, sticking straight up out of the mud. I saw many tubes, all coated with the same white sponge (tunicate?), but this was the only worm I saw that was out of its tube.

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What

Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 07:09 AM PDT

Description

Hermissenda crassicornis. I always hope to find these when showing new people around the tidepools. Despite being somewhat common, they're one of the most spectacular animals in a whole state full of spectacular sights.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 23, 2009 06:12 AM PDT

Description

The only other time I've seen B. californica was in pretty much exactly the same spot, with Gary.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 23, 2009 07:40 AM PDT

Description

Only cuthonid of the day.

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What

Sea Clown Triopha Triopha catalinae

Observer

kueda

Date

June 23, 2009 06:29 AM PDT

Description

Triopha catalinae

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What

Sunflower Sea Star Pycnopodia helianthoides

Observer

kueda

Date

June 23, 2009 06:28 AM PDT

Description

As usual, very common at Pigeon, though I didn't sea any of the bright red morph. It was cool seeing these in the wild and then seeing them later in the aquarium.

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What

Spotted Dorid Triopha maculata

Observer

kueda

Date

June 23, 2009 06:24 AM PDT

Description

Triopha maculata

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 23, 2009 06:13 AM PDT

Description

Tritonia festiva

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What

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 10:27 AM PDT

Description

Shift said her boss was once bit by a pelican.

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What

California sea lion Zalophus californianus

Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 10:28 AM PDT

Description

Sea lions are practically a menace at the Breakwater.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 06:24 AM PDT

Description

Acanthodoris hudsoni

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What

Papillate Sea Slug Aeolidia papillosa

Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 06:26 AM PDT

Description

Shift found this one!. Aeollidia papillosa

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What

Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus

Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 10:30 AM PDT

Description

Lots of Brandt's Cormorants nesting at the end of the Breakwater.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 22, 2009 06:51 PM PDT

Description

This is insanely common along the coast, so I finally keyed it out.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 05:41 PM PDT

Description

Growing abundantly along the Summit Trail, close to the road.

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What

sticky Chinese houses Collinsia tinctoria

Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 04:59 PM PDT

Description

Each flower was 1-2 cm long, whole plant no more than 10 cm high, growing on a gravelly slope on Mt. DIablo, near Clayton, CA.

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What

twolobe clarkia Clarkia biloba

Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 04:52 PM PDT

Description

This was growing fairly abundantly along certain parts of the Bald Ridge Trail, though this was the best pic I got.

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What

red ribbons Clarkia concinna

Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 04:51 PM PDT

Description

A real stunner, and fairly common along the Bald Ridge trail!

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What

Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus

Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 11:01 AM PDT

Description

This was my first time seeing this brid that I can remember. Feeding on bugs in the low branches of some eucalyptus. Kind of drab overall, but the white eye bar is pretty distinctive. We were happy to see something interesting on a day that was almost exclusively finches and tree swallows.

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