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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 California Halibut

A California Halibut, one more off the La Jolla shot list. I keep lists of subjects and locations I want to shoot. For some time now Ive kept a short list of species I would still like to capture while diving off the beach in La Jolla and Scripps Canyons. A few high on the list include the Black Seabass, White Seabass, Angel, Swell and Leopard Sharks and the California Halibut. All of these species are quite rarely seen, elusive and in most cases very difficult to approach close enough for a good photo op.

I recently started making scouting dives off the Shores without a camera, mainly just for the exercise, but also hoping to find areas that had good potential for spotting one or more of my short list species. This California Halibut photo is the result of several scouting dives and one dive with the camera. This was one of four individuals I had seen on more than one dive in the same area. On the day the photo was taken, I initially spotted three of them swimming in formation along the bottom while trailing a school of anchovies, a very cool look! Each was four plus feet in length. Once settled on the bottom a couple of them were quite willing to stand their ground while I slowly approached and fired off several frames.

With any luck, more short list species to appear soon in future blog posts.

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ID# FHA-002
California Halibut
species: Paralichthys californicus
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