Sheep Crab mating aggregation at Breakwater

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bates00
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Sheep Crab mating aggregation at Breakwater

Postby bates00 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:39 am

Hi, all.

On the 4/16 recert charter, I mentioned that I had made a video of the sheep crab mating aggregation I witnessed at Breakwater on 4/2/2016. I found it in about 30' of water, just south of the kelp line near the entry closest to the wall. It was pretty surreal - see for yourself here.

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dshorwich
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Re: Sheep Crab mating aggregation at Breakwater

Postby dshorwich » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:56 pm

That is a quite a sight, Bates. Thanks for posting.

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karen.a.
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Re: Sheep Crab mating aggregation at Breakwater

Postby karen.a. » Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:55 pm

Great video! Amazing.

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Re: Sheep Crab mating aggregation at Breakwater

Postby melaniemoreno » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:47 pm

I was out that weekend and saw them too! Or maybe it was another crab orgy. Mine were at 38 ft. Spectacular sight! Of course, your video is way better than mine. Around the fringes of the mound were piles of leg exoskeletons. I went back a week later to see if I could find them, but all I found was the ring of exoskeletons.

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Re: Sheep Crab mating aggregation at Breakwater

Postby rockfish » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:44 pm

we went out on 4/23 to locate the crabs, but we only saw one dead and one live one.
However, we saw a new born sea lion (after marker 7)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/halabs/26370887360/
also apparently orcas where around, but we didn't hear anything underwater.
https://www.facebook.com/176947295670628/videos/1169296539769027/


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