I think this is a spotted kelpfish although it was larger and more active than they usually are, and in a different color scheme. He didn't waste much time slithering across the reef. I was lucky to get the focus as sharp as I did.
Eyes of a scallop as well as its filter, used to
sift food from the water. I've heard that the green scallops are
female and the orange ones male; or the other way round, or perhaps it's a choice, or perhaps
both. This green one was at the aptly-named dive site Scallop City,
off the East End of Santa Rosa. It's actually in the channel between
Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz. The current was really ripping by the time
of tide change; maybe because of a nozzle effect? Those flowing waters
must bring lots of food through!