“Le Tricolor” // Ahh it’s always a good day when you snag yourself a newdibranch! Cruising about the boulder field at North Monastery with @dylan_silver in search of @boojitom’s massive flatworm found yesterday, I happened on the sandy muck slope that bisects the reef at about 75 feet. I passed over the resident vermilion rockfish and happened to glance at a round rock protruding from the slope of tube anemones and sea pens and bam: My first ever Polycera tricolor, just chilling out in the open, and a good sized one too! Of course, I was set up for wide angle, but it just so happened Dylan and I were committed to the double dip and I had my macro set up ready to go back at the car. I snapped a couple safety shots for ID, then took a look abouts to see if I could find this rock again in an hour or so. The rest of the dive all I could see was nudibranch after nudibranch that I couldn’t photograph—the mind was already switched over to the critter hunt of the next dive! After catching up with @michaellanghans topside and switching lenses, I dove straight back to my rock, 79 feet deep and with the Polycera having moved only about an inch. Settling in and grinning as wide as my regulator would allow I popped off a few exposures before my No-Deco limit was in sight, which was also about where my strobes died. What a great weekend of diving with great friends, and what a gift from the sea to meet this delightful critter. Looks like I’ve got a head start on next year’s calendar!!