Feather duster worms can be difficult to photograph underwater as they will retreat into their tubes when they sense light or pressure or are touched. These large polychaetes didn't seem to notice me as I got up close and made this image on Santa Cruz Island.
The kelp forests of southern California, especially along the offshore Channel Islands, are a host to an abundance of life. Here, a giant kelpfish does its best imitation of a blade of kelp off San Clemente Island.
California scorpionfish often rely on camouflage and will sit still and allow a close approach. This red fish was fooling no one and I was able to take this macro photo while SCUBA diving on San Clemente Island.