Dive #470 - Cottam Point - 7 March 2021

The tides were just right for Cottam, so I got up early to meet for 9am. But I forgot my perscription mask. The non-perscription mask seemed okay on the surface, but was trippy to look through underwater. I was dizzy and had to shut my eyes briefly for the first 20 minutes or so. Then my brain settled down and it was okay.

Sea lions checked us out throughout the dive. 2 BUD OCTOPUS living 3m apart! (More evidence for my future PhD on GPOs that are Buds). I had found a full PSKC molt shell, and wiggled it in front of the den of the more curious GPO - an arm shot out... "MINE!" but quickly figured out it was a molt.

Good to see abalones around, and 4 ling cod egg masses.

Posted by leftcoaster leftcoaster, April 05, 2021 05:06

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Pacific Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Painted Greenling (Oxylebius pictus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Pacific Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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March 2021

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Monterey Doris (Doris montereyensis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Giant Rock Scallop (Crassadoma gigantea)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Leather Star (Dermasterias imbricata)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Sea Lemon (Peltodoris nobilis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Orange Cup Coral (Balanophyllia elegans)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Heath's Dorid (Geitodoris heathi)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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March 2021

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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March 2021

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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March 2021

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Plumose Anemone (Metridium senile)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Spiny Scallop (Chlamys hastata)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Butterfly King Crab (Cryptolithodes typicus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Rainbow Star (Orthasterias koehleri)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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This was a molt - empty shell

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Hydroids (Subclass Hydroidolina)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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March 2021

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Pink-mouth Hydroid (Ectopleura marina)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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March 2021

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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March 2021

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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March 2021

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Copper Rockfish (Sebastes caurinus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Purple Sun Star (Solaster endeca)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Striped Sun Star (Solaster stimpsoni)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Rainbow Star (Orthasterias koehleri)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Pacific Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Rose Sun Star (Crossaster papposus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Smooth Sun Stars (Genus Solaster)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Wrinkled Star (Pteraster militaris)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Smooth Sun Stars (Genus Solaster)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Painted Anemone (Urticina grebelnyi)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Painted Anemone (Urticina grebelnyi)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Striped Surfperch (Embiotoca lateralis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Kelp Greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Orange Zoanthid (Epizoanthus scotinus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Heath's Dorid (Geitodoris heathi)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Sea Lemon (Peltodoris nobilis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Grunt Sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Vermilion Star (Mediaster aequalis)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Red-trumpet Calcareous Tubeworm (Serpula columbiana)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Giant Pink Sea Star (Pisaster brevispinus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)

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March 7, 2021 09:23 PM PST

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