When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

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Re: When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

Postby H20doctor » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:11 pm

That green one was Huge at Mukilteo.. What was nice about it is, it just Sat there and let us Photograph it... Very rare to see them out in the open like that .. Vrs them hiding in a tire or shelter areas
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Re: When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

Postby Tom Nic » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:53 pm

This is a case of the Zombie / Vampire Penpoint Gunnel attacks that happen frequently at this time of the year. Luckily you had recently ingested the chutney / feta combo which is a strong repellant or we wouldn't be talking about this scary incident so casually!

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Re: When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

Postby dlh » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:51 pm

What a shocking and terrifying experience! Let's all try to be safe out there, maybe time for some of that scuba-chainmail the shark divers on TV use!

I had a similar experience this year that shook me to the core, an unprovoked assault by a vicious Scallyhead Sculpin:

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Re: When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

Postby Gdog » Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:21 pm

Maybe it's your cologne?

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Re: When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:56 pm

Not sure why? Crazy fish! I'm guessing eggs nearby? Great snaps! Love the Christmas colors! :) :) :)
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When Penpoint Gunnels Attack!

Postby YellowEye » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:22 pm

On two dives lately I've been accosted by Pen Point Gunnels. They come charging at me like they're insane, and come right up to my camera face. On both occasions they seemingly came out of nowhere. Could they be nesting just out of sight?

One was dark green (Muk), one was dark red (keystone)... both very large

Any ideas?

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