Playful harbor seal nips at my fins at Old Marineland.
A pair of market squid mating above the sea floor covered eggs new and old.
Sea Star at the Oil Rigs
A giant-spined sea star bathed in the afternoon light on oil rig Eureka.
A cabezon moves in to protect its nest of eggs on oil rig Eureka.
Rays of light plunge into the depths, gently reflecting off a beautiful blue shark moving silently through the ocean.
Diver and Crown of Thorns
Our DM diligently collecting a crown of thorns sea star at Roma - Wakatobi.
Photobomb by a female sheephead in this cabezon portrait.
Pelagic drifters like this salp, Leucothea pulchra, slowly glide by under the Eureka oil platform.
Colorful growth on the Eureka oil platform.
Anemones on Eureka
Brittle stars, mussels, and Metridium senile anemones cling to a rope suspended far beneath the surface at the Eureka oil platform. Long Beach, CA.
Growth on Eureka
A golden gorgonian sea fan sways in the current deep below the surface on the Eureka oil platform.
It's seemingly so quiet you can hear a pin drop in the slowly swaying kelp forest.
Felimare californiensis Nudibranch
No longer than 10mm, this tiny nudibranch is rare in Southern California.
You never know what you'll encounter at Vets Park - like this tiny isopod.
Basking Sea Lion
A sea lion takes a break from play-time and enjoys the sunlight just below the surface. Los Islotes - La Paz.
Giant Barrel Sponge
A school of tiny fish surrounds this massive barrel sponge at Dunia Baru - Wakatobi
Reticulate dascyllus dance amongst the table coral as my wife slowly approaches for a closer look. Lorenzo's Delight - Wakatobi
Huge table corals reach out from the colorful walls at a site called Pockets - Wakatobi
A pair of jittery fire dartfish pause for a brief moment at Spinal Corner - Wakatobi
Persian Carpet Flatworm
Persian carpet flatworm hunts along the algae and sponges of Dunia Baru - Wakatobi.
A tiger flatworm makes its way along the hard corals of Dunia Baru - Wakatobi.
A skeleton shrimp photo-bombs this picture of a delicate tunicate at Cornucopia - Wakatobi.
Chromodoris annae nudibranch. Cornucopia - Wakatobi
Halimeda Ghost Pipefish
Halimeda ghost pipefish hovers motionless amongst the halimeda algae.
A tiny skeleton shrimp cling to eel grass at Veterns Park in Redondo Beach, California.
Catriona columbiana nudibranch
A tiny Catriona columbiana nudibranch in the detrius patch at Veterans Park.
Still nestled in their egg sacs, these market squid are just days from hatching.
A tiny bluebanded goby (~2") poses patiently for me on the reef. Although a bit sinister looking, these small fish are quite skittish.
A large California moray peers out from its shelter deep within a crevice.
A barnacle feeds in the currents flowing past the oil rigs.
This Mutton snapper was just begging to have its picture taken.
Large male sheephead patrol their territories on the oil rigs. This guy was just begging to have his portrait taken.
This curious little kelp bass was just begging to have his portrait taken. Oh, and he's waving.
A tiny proliferating anemone (~1cm) clings to a bladder of giant kelp, high above the sea floor. Point Loma, California.
Attacking the Baitball
An army of bonito pursue the bait ball, while a pair of snappers look on.
A river of bait fish and the charging bonito.
Downward Spiral. This colorful feeding plume of a tiny Christmas Tree worm was just 1cm in diameter. Anacapa Island, California.
Tiny blue-ring topsnail at Santa Cruz Island, California.
Spanish Shawl nudibranch (Flabellina iodinea) on a bed of unknown tube worms, Old Marineland, Palos Verdes, California.
Juvenile flatfish use this fried-egg jelly as protection until they mature enough to swim to the ocean floor. Off shore Palos Verdes, California.