Beneath the Waves in California - ecophotog

© Joseph Dougherty. All rights reserved. Muricea californica Aurivillius, 1931 California Golden Gorgonian Semicossyphus pulcher (Ayres, 1854) California Sheephead Female sheepshead wrasse and golden gorgonians in the kelp forest off Catalina Island, CA. The sheephead lives in kelp forests and rocky reefs, where it feeds on sea urchins, molluscs, lobsters, and crabs.

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From Catalina Island -- Peace Dive Boat -- June 2013