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  • Acorn Barnacle 7695109434 O

    Acorn Barnacle

    Balanus glandula
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    Description This very large unstalked, sessile barnacle is not easily confused with any other species Has a large aperture and lacks longitudinal striations on any of the large body plates Size Diameter to 4 inches Height to about 3 inches Range Southern Alaska to La …

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  • Aggregating Anemone 7695174422 O

    Aggregating Anemone

    Anthopleura elegantissima
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    Description White unless exposed to the sun, in which case it is deep green or bluish in color (due to the presence of fluorescent green pigment and algae growing within its tissues) with fine purple stripes radiating out from the mouth to the tentacles with …

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  • Barred Sand Bass 7681086648 O

    Barred Sand Bass

    Paralabrax nebulifer
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    Description Narrow dark bar below eye Several irregular dusky bars or bands on side Light Gray, olive or brown upper body becomes lighter toward belly; usually small yellow brown spots on head Tail square-cut First two spines of dorsal fin short followed by long third …

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  • Bat Ray 7672780738 O

    Bat Ray

    Myliobatis californica
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    Description Pectoral fin tips rounded Subrostral lobe (beak) short and rounded Small dorsal fin positioned just behind the posterior edge of the pelvic fins Dorsum uniformly brown, olive, or black Disc width more than 1.5 x length Long slender whip-like tail with elongated finely serrated …

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  • Black Abalone 7695030406 O

    Black Abalone

    Haliotis cracherodii
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    Description The smooth other shell’s color ranges from dark blue to black Five to seven of the shell holes are usually open Length to about 8 inches Range Mendocino, California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Habitat Inhabit rocks and in crevices, for intertidal zone …

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  • Blacksmith 7688396584 O

    Blacksmith

    Chromis punctipinnis
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    Description Perch-shaped, gray-blue with black spots on the rear of their bodies Juveniles are bi-colored, blue-gray fronts and brassy orange rears Reach 12 inches in length, mature at 5 1/2 in and 2yrs of age Range Abundant to common southern California, occasional central California Habitat …

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  • Blue Shark 7694931300 O

    Blue Shark

    Prionace glauca
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    Description Dark brilliant blue on back; changes to silvery iridescent blues on sides then to white on belly slender, somewhat elongated body Range Rare in California Occasional to uncommon in Oregon to Gulf of Alaska and south to Chile and worldwide in subtropical and temperate …

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  • Brandts Cormorant 7669225708 O

    Brandt’s Cormorant

    Phalacrocorax penicillatus
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    Description Large, dark water bird Long body and long neck Medium-sized bill is blunt or hooked at tip Pale patch at base of bill Bill dark Range Strictly marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds that inhabits the Pacific coast of North America Ranges, …

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  • 07 Brown Pelican

    Brown Pelican

    Pelecanus occidentalis
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    Description Young pelicans – all brown Adults – brown and gray body, white head with a light brown crown, and  a dark brown neck during breeding season, a very long gray bill with a large pouch of skin that holds two or three times more than …

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  • Cabezon 7688919084 O

    Cabezon

    Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
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    Description Marbled earthtones Males generally display red shades While females are usually greenish Can change color, pale or darken to blend with background Unscaled bulbous head and stout body Triangular cirrus centered near tip of snout Range Common southern California to southern British Columbia Habitat …

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  • California Halibut 7673081684 O

    California Halibut

    Paralichthys californicus
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    Description Generally uniform shades of gray or brown, occasionally with some light mottling and spots Can be right or left eyed, tail margin arched in middle with outer edges square cut Mouth large, upper jaw extends past mid-eye Range Uncommon to rare within safe diving …

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  • California Moray 7681224898 O

    California Moray

    Gymnothorax mordax
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    Description Light to dark brown to green No pelvic, gill covers or pectoral fins Often mottled Mouth filled with numerous sharp teeth. Range Abundant Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands; common southern California Habitat Inhabit rocky reefs. Lurk in caves, crevices and other protective recesses …

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  • California Mussel 7695182206 O

    California Mussel

    Mytilus californianus
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    Description Generally grayish black with very hard shells that only the strongest (or smartest) of predators can open Thick, pointed at anterior end, broadening posteriorly sculptured with strong radial ribs and irregular growth lines Inside – blue and faintly pearly Grows to full size in …

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  • California Sheephead 7680989698 O

    California Sheephead

    Semicossyphus pulcher
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    Description Over 12-14 inches in length Canine teeth protrude from the front of the mouth White chin Red to orange or pink mid-body Dark head and rear body (Terminal Phase) Range They range from Monterey Bay to the Gulf of California in the Pacific Habitat …

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    California Yellowtail

    Seriola lalandi
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    Description Yellow forked tail Dusky stripe from snout, through eye, often becomes yellowish to yellow as it continues to tail Elongated, silvery body, fins often yellowish to yellow Range Common to occasional southern California (mainly in spring and summer); uncommon to rare north to British …

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  • Adult Garibaldi 7673936740 O

    Garibaldi – Adult

    Hypsypops rubicundus
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    Description Brilliant orange Juveniles have numerous iridescent blue spots until about six inchings Thin; oval-shaped body; tail deeply notched between large rounded lobes Range Abundant southern California, occasional to rare central California Habitat Inhabit rocky reefs and kelp beds Diet Feed mainly on invertebrates that …

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  • Juvenile Garibaldi 7673860828 O

    Garibaldi – Juvenile

    Hypsypops rubicundus
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    Description Brilliant orange Juveniles have numerous iridescent blue spots until about six inchings Thin; oval-shaped body; tail deeply notched between large rounded lobes Range Abundant southern California, occasional to rare central California Habitat  Inhabit rocky reefs and kelp beds Diet Invertebrates Interesting Facts Aggressively territorial, …

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  • Giant Kelpfish 7688849874 O

    Giant Kelpfish

    Heterostichus rostratus
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    Description Color and markings vary greatly, including shades of yellow, yellow-green, green, green-brown, red-brown, brown and lavender; can be unmarked, blotched, spotted or barred Rapidly change color and markings to camouflage with background Elongated head with pointed, slightly upturned, snout Forked tail Range Common southern …

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  • Giant Keyhole Limpet 7694963816 O

    Giant Keyhole Limpet

    Megathura crenulata
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    Description Mantle usually covers most or all of the shell Shell has a large oval opening in the center Mantle color varies from black to mottled gray Length of shell to about 6 inches Range Mendocino County, California to Isla Asuncion. Baja California Habitat Found …

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  • Giant Sea Bass 7673825822 O

    Giant Sea Bass

    Stereolepis gigas
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    Description Large mouth and bulky body. Sizable black spots dark brown to gray Range Uncommon but becoming occasional southern California; uncommon central California; rare north to northern California. Habitat Inhabit rocky bottoms, in vicinity of outcroppings and in kelp forests Drift in shade blending with …

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  • Giant Spined Star 7688319668 O

    Giant Spined Star

    Pisaster giganteus
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    Description Large white spines, uniformly spaced with swollen tips, surrounded by blue or purple rings, with a body color that is light brown or blue Diameter – up to 22 inches Range Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Isla Cedros, Baja California Habitat Lives on rocky, …

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