Purple hydrocoral is sprinkled throughout the ultra colorful reef at Farnsworth Banks, located on the backside of Catalina Island. An unusual and possibly invasive sea cucumber rests on this reef structure.
Most mola molas, or sunfish, I have seen have been spotted from a boat as they laid horizontally across the water's surface. This time we spotted a fin and decided to hop into the water on snorkel to inspect further. You can see another photographer in the background coming in for a closer look.
This orangethroat pikeblenny moved out into the open trying to look as large and as intimidating as possible as it stared me down, but at only about 10 inches long, it was not getting the reaction from me that it wanted.
Giant kelpfish can change color to blend in with their surroundings. Without the strobe lighting bringing out the distinct patterns of this beautiful fish, it would be difficult to see there is a fish in the photo.
A common site this time of year is a large Garibaldi guarding near smooth rock-faces covered in eggs. These eggs look like they were recently laid, given their bright orange color. The eggs usually hatch in about 20 days from the day they were laid.