on July 20th, 2013 I was diving around the metridium fields at San Carlos Beach in Monterey, CA and I saw a fish I had never seen before. When I first saw it I thought to myself, "Wow, that looks a lot like a lizardfish!" Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it. I went back to a variety of fish ID books that I have and scanned the pages for photos of the fish I had seen and it could be one of 2 fish, CA Lizardfish or Pacific Snake Prickleback. The fish was about 5-6 inches long, laying on the sand. When I approached, it darted away and settled on the sand again. It was the color of the light sand with some slightly darker speckles on it. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a good look at the dorsal fin (pricklebacks have a long continuous fin and lizardfish have a short dorsal fin and a small adipose fin). I'm leaning more towards lizardfish, but several ID books say they are rare above Point Conception (and I saw 5 on this one dive). I was curious if any of you have seen a lizard-like fish around Monterey and if you found out for sure what it was.