Some dives are better than others. This was one of the better ones. The conditions were beautiful, flat water, good viz, low tide at Folly cove that you just walk to the right wall. Under the water it was the first time I felt comfortable with the cold in my wetsuit that I could make a decently long dive enjoying all the colors of the macro life on its peak.
Once again, the nudibranchs were in abundance, especially the doto’s with all different color variations. Whenever I dive at Folly, I try to get to the overhanging ledge to look for the little C. gymnota’s hiding inside the dangling hydroid bundles. This time, to my surprise the C. gymnota’s were out in the open and they were quite big, compared to others I have seen before. That was a good surprise.
I inspected all kinds of hydroids closely to find different kinds of macro life and there were tons of them. Tiny nudis, mostly E. exiguus, little skeleton shrimps and all kinds of amphipods. Some of the photos reflect the variety of life and color in the details, sometimes I can only appreciate at home on the computer due to the scale of these life forms.
I came across some stripers and sand lances running around at the shallows and finally finished the dive after photographing the underbellies of two D. robustus hanging on a bunch of sea lettuce in the shallows.
Buddies: Jason & Amy
#409: 24 ft, 115 min, 52F