There were a bunch of these!
That's a big octopus. I had the good fortune to watch this guy emerge from its refuge and slink across the pool. As I was watching its tentacles disappear, I heard a thrashing from the next pool over. I hopped up to check it out and saw the octopus was killing a pretty sizable fish. I thought I was recording video of the whole things and felt pretty awesome about it, but then realized I had forgotten to hit record. Le sigh.
Like a lot of people (I think) I sort of gave up on coralline algae ages ago, but what are those disc-shaped things? Some kind of reproductive structure?
Whose plume? 'Twas the diameter of a 50 cent piece.
Diaulula and Diaulula, up in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-waitaminute, this is something else entirely.
Polyps aren't as orange as I've seen them in other individuals, so maybe I have this wrong.
A rare treat for me.
Didn't see any bladders, but I probably would have looked harder if I recognized it.
Multiple stipes per holdfast, but blades are divided. Was going to call this Laminaria sinclairii, but the division is thowing me. Maybe there aren't multiple stipes per holdfast?
There were crazy numbers of nemerteans out hunting. Made me happy to be large.
I guess this is a juvenile.
The whole P. richii vs. P. gracilis thing is still confusing to me. Are those spines on the carapace or just bumps. Are the lateral carapace teeth projecting at a sharp angle? The claws are definitely blue-tinged gray with white tips, so I guess I'll go with P. gracilis.