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Coral Reef

Frequent visitors to the current swept, gorgonian covered escarpment of this reef include yellowtail and giant sea bass. Understandably, this site is quite popular with divers as well.

California sea hare, Aplysia californica, Purple gorgonian, Eugorgia rubens, Zoanthid anemone
California sea hare (Aplysia californica) and purple gorgonians
(Eugorgia rubens) with zoanthid anemones (Parazoanthus
lucificum?). Even when aided by a picture, sea hares can be difficult to
describe to someone who has never seen one. In fact, they're even quite puzzling
when you have one in your hand.

    "Coral Reef", Anacapa Island, California
    January 1, 2005

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