Making my way back to Shores-cago

Sarcastic Fringehead

Okay, that was terrible. I'm sorry.

Last night was my second night back in the cold, dark waters of sunny San Diego since our return from Belize. (I have so many photos from that trip that I'm intimidated by them. Eventually they'll get sorted and posted. Promise!)

Monday night, I joined the crew of the Marissa to tie some new moorings on the local wrecks, but the camera did not make a cameo. So last night I dragged it down to the Shores for some much-overdue muck diving. And mucky it was, with that hazy visibility in the 10-15' range that we know and love, and some... let's call them "brisk" temperatures (nothing out of the ordinary, but a shock post-Caribbean nonetheless). We saw so much stuff, though, that ultimately the numb fingers and the leaky left drysuit arm issues barely factored in my enjoyment of the dive.

Like this teensy angel shark...

Angel shark at La Jolla Shores

 

These nudis doing the nasty...

Sea Lemon nudibranchs mating

 

Sarcastic Fringeheads everywhere...

Sarcastic Fringehead

 

Snails...

Carpenter's turrid snail

 

Shrimp...

Coonstripe shrimp

Coonstripe shrimp

 

And the star of the show... a ray I've never seen before! I think it's a Butterfly ray. I didn't even know Butterfly ray was a THING!

Butterfly ray

 

Total runtime 51 minutes, maximum depth 82', temperature 52-64F

 


4 Responses to “Making my way back to Shores-cago”

  1. You got some wonderful shots. That fish with those bulging eyes is wonderfully ugly! :o)

    · May 24, 2012 @ 7:37 am

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  2. Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing:)Dropping by from ” Our World Tuesday”

    · May 24, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

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  3. Susan says:

    These are some intesting shots.

    · May 24, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

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  4. Molly says:

    Oh my these are amazing.

    I love the bulbous eyes on the fringehead. He looks totally amazed to see you.

    Mollyxxx

    · May 25, 2012 @ 3:08 am

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