I hope everyone has completed (or will very soon) the last challenge. I myself finally built up the nerve to brave the cold water of Monterey to enjoy the local subtidal life. As a birthday present, I decided to pursue my dive master master and thus have been spending a lot of my time in the water. All I have to say is that diving off Monterey is some of the most spectacular diving I have ever done. It is also some of the coldest with yesterday’s balmy water temperature of 47 degrees. The diversity and density of life here, especially the nudibranchs, is amazing. The most exciting part was the abundance of several rather large species including: the Gumboot Chiton (at just over 30cm in length the largest chiton species), the white-plumed anemone (Metridium giganteum, at over 50 cm in height), and the impressive sunflower start (Pycnopodia helianthoides, nearly 1m in diameter). The pictures below document my wondrous excursion. I believe the crab in the picture is a kelp crab of the Pugettia genus but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.