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Diving in Monterey Bay, CA

June 13, 2011

I used to think the tropics were the best place to dive—they’re warm, there are millions of colorful fish, and there is better visibility to see everything. As I keep diving in Monterey Bay though, I’m beginning to love it more and more. Especially now since I purchased a heavy-duty LED flashlight, I can see so much more and those boring brownish anemones turned out to be bright pink in the light! Who knew?

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite animals and things I saw yesterday. (I did not take any of these pictures)

This is what we were diving through on our first dive yesterday, kelp forest! Kelp is cool.

Metridium farcimen

Metridium farcimen. In Monterey we just call them Metridiums.

Sunflower Stars and Strawberry Anemones

Sunflower Stars (Pycnopodia helianthoides) and Strawberry Anemones (Corynactis californica)

So cute!

Another fabulous look at strawberry anemones.

Distant relative of the starfish...

I saw a few Brittle Stars, but I'm not sure what species I saw or if they're even commonly found in kelp forests.

Chrysaora fuscescens

Sea nettles were everywhere! (Chrysaora fuscescens). They're so awesome!

Sea lions on the docks

California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Sunbathing on the docks and swimming around us occasionally.

Too bad we didn’t see any leopard sharks, that would have made my day!

P.S.—I also completed my Advanced Open Water certification today! 13:05 hours underwater logged! Only 7,000 more hours to go until I am the next Sylvia Earle!

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