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July 3, 2005

Lingcod, Ophiodon elongatus, Leather star, Dermasterias imbricata, Red sponge, Unidentified
A somewhat drab lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) departs a crevice framed by
a leather star (Dermasterias imbricata) and an unidentified red sponge.

    "East Pinnacles", Carmel Bay, California
    July 3, 2005

Olive rockfish, Sebastes serranoides, Blue rockfish, Sebastes mystinus, Giant kelp, Macrocystis sp.
Olive rockfish, (Sebastes serranoides) and blue rockfish (Sebastes
mystinus) often school together. In this photograph, one can see the
boundary between warmer, murky, plankton-rich water above and clearer, colder
water below. Fishwatching enthusiasts should note that olive rockfish appear
nearly identical to yellowtail rockfish (Sebastes flavidus).  A high
resolution version of this photograph was sent to rockfish expert, Dr. Milton
Love for identification.

    "East Pinnacles", Carmel Bay, California
    July 3, 2005

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