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My son and I watched the sunrise at Venice Beach day after Christmas.  Drove down for the sharks teeth but found the winds had covered them up and deposited thousands of sponges, sea fans, and tunicates torn loose over the holiday.

He made an Xmas tree out of them and a piece of driftwood.




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Here is the latest score from South Lido.  We 3 siblings put my 30 + y.o. canoe in to explore mangrove tunnels before the guides/tourists arrive at 9.  50 ft from shore found a nice stream of water between my feet coming from the back.  I cut the back end square in my late teens and have patched it several times as I let it get borrowed and it gets drug through shell and gravel.  A 10 y.o. patch had failed, so we loaded back up and went to the beach.


Threw this orange tunicate looking thing in the water then changed my mind and wanted to try it in the tank but it never washed back up.



Found my best critter yet, a red decorator crab.  He has an orange sponge and twig of macro algae on his back.  $50 + online when available.

He was on his back and barely moving when I saw him, and lost a leg when I put him in the bucket.  Not sure if it was the cold water, being beaten against the shore/shells, or if he got stepped on (lots of tourists).  By the time I got home he seemed recovered and had burrowed in the red macro.  There was pbly a 10-15° difference between tank and Gulf water, but I put the macro in there and he seems ok.  Will give him a chance he didn't have on the beach anyways.

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I can't seem to add video on this site, but here are 2 pics of the primordial soup swimming in my nsw after a 50% water change.  I've never seen so many creatures, from single dots slowly moving to what looks like speedy gonzales versions of brine shrimp that can easily swim against the filter output nozzle stream.  Must be a part of the tide/moon/winter cycle that causes a number of fish or organisms to spawn.  The water was harvested at sunrise and temp. acclimated in the house for 24+ hs in buckets with no circulation.





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