Dives #507 - Cottam Point - 14 September 2021

Raced through the last proof-read of my last comprehensive exam (!!!) and went diving. Cottam Point dives are rare due to tides and stairs, so I wasn't going to miss this one. Glad I didn't, because there was a GPO WITH EGGS!!! (only the 3rd I've seen in 507 dives). Also the most massive Giant Pink Star I've ever seen. And a 6-ray and a 7-ray leather star.

I saw a lot of Pacific Blood Stars with pink ray pits - obviously a genetic thing in this population. I love the GPOs at Cottam, because they're really messy and the dens are obvious. We saw a couple. Juvenile PSKC. Lots of urchins with fun hats. 2 big cabezon, including one under a rock with a lingcod friend that charged at me when I got too close. I got a really good photo of a wee little painted greenling tucked among the orange zoanthids.

A few wasting sea cucumbers here and there, but nowhere near as many as Dolphin.

Posted by leftcoaster leftcoaster, September 20, 2021 05:47

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Blood Stars (Genus Henricia)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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Entry for abalone, not urchin

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Leather Star (Dermasterias imbricata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Yellow-edged Cadlina (Cadlina luteomarginata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Painted Anemone (Urticina grebelnyi)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant Pink Sea Star (Pisaster brevispinus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Leather Star (Dermasterias imbricata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Orange Sea Pen (Ptilosarcus gurneyi)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Red Sea Urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Urchin, not the Puget Sound King Crab juvenile (separate entry)

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Orange Cup Coral (Balanophyllia elegans)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Vermilion Star (Mediaster aequalis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Monterey Doris (Doris montereyensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Copper Rockfish (Sebastes caurinus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant Pink Sea Star (Pisaster brevispinus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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The biggest one I've ever seen.

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Oregon Hairy Triton Snail (Fusitriton oregonensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Pacific Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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Spiny Scallop (Chlamys hastata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Purple Sun Star (Solaster endeca)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Predaceous Aeolis (Himatina trophina)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Pacific Stubby Rose Anemone (Urticina clandestina)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Spiny Scallop (Chlamys hastata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Trojan Star (Hippasteria phrygiana)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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Purple Sun Star (Solaster endeca)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Striped Sun Star (Solaster stimpsoni)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Rose Sun Star (Crossaster papposus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Striped Sun Star (Solaster stimpsoni)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Taylor's Social Tunicate (Metandrocarpa taylori)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Kelp Greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Cabezon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Sea Squirts (Class Ascidiacea)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Painted Anemone (Urticina grebelnyi)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Brown Rockfish (Sebastes auriculatus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Blood Stars (Genus Henricia)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Gumboot Chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Rainbow Star (Orthasterias koehleri)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Yellow-edged Cadlina (Cadlina luteomarginata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Scalyhead Sculpin (Artedius harringtoni)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Painted Greenling (Oxylebius pictus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Nanaimo Horned Dorid (Acanthodoris nanaimoensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Scalyhead Sculpin (Artedius harringtoni)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Orange Zoanthid (Epizoanthus scotinus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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Leather Star (Dermasterias imbricata)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

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Giant Acorn Barnacle (Balanus nubilus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Plumose Anemone (Metridium senile)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Cabezon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Blood Stars (Genus Henricia)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Blood Stars (Genus Henricia)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)

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September 14, 2021 10:05 PM PDT

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