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June 4, 2006

China rockfish, Sebastes nebulosus, Metridium senile, Metridium senile
Though usually quite bashful, China rockfish (Sebastes nebulosus) may
occasionally be lured out into the open if one is careful to keep ones distance
and avoid any movement that could be construed as threatening. It took four
dives over two days to get this fish to come out from its crevice. This animal's
odd name derives from their popularity as a food fish among asians.

    "Arena Rock", North Coast, California
    June 4, 2006

Rock scallop, Crassedoma giganteum, Metridium senile, Metridium senile, Sea strawberry, Gersemia rubiformis
Arena rock is just jam-packed with invertebrate life. The orange "lips" in this
picture are actually the mantle of a rock scallop (Crassedoma giganteum).
The bulbous clumpy soft coral is a sea strawberry (Gersemia rubiformis).
These contrast with the white of the anemone, Metridium senile.

    "Arena Rock", North Coast, California
    June 4, 2006

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