These gentle giants are now being spotted regularly at Italian Gardens on Catalina (just  north of Avalon) and at San Clemente, as well as other dive spots in the Channel Islands. Hunted almost to extinction, these fish were granted legal protection in 1982 and in the last 20+ years have made a comeback. To our way of thinking, this story is a great example and proof of how intelligent management of scarce marine resources can really make difference in the health of a species.

All pictures 2018 by Ken Kurtis
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Just hanging out Something wrong with his mouth Up close and personal Coloration (slight) change
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Coming at you Profile Nose into the kelp BSB buddies
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Hanging out again Relaxing in the kelp Parasites on the nose See ya later!!!

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