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Gopher rockfish, Sebastes carnatus, California hydrocoral, Stylaster californicus
A gopher rockfish (Sebastes carnatus) followed me around with the
expectation that I'd stir up something good to eat. This common fish behahvior
always gives me pause. One wonders if the fish would follow any large animal or
if one has given it reason to beleive one will be crashing in to things. A sure
way to stop such an unwanted shadow is to point a camera at it. This fish was
quick to dart into some California hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus).

    "Local's Ledge", Carmel Bay, California
    September 30, 2006

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