Non dive report; Marineland

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on December 30, 2005 at 14:10:37:

Date: December 30, 2005
Dive Location: Marineland
Buddy(ies): Nobody dumb enough to try this
Time: All weekend. :(
Bottom Time: Zero, zilch, nada
Max Depth: Above sea level
Vis: Red tide foamberg, muddy water
Wave height: 0-10'
Tide information: Low
Comments: I just had to get in one last dive of the year. My hopes faded as I rounded the south side of the Palos Verdes peninsula. Even in the normally calmest coves were crashing waves. I left my gear in the bed of my truck, grabbed my camera and went down the trail to check out the conditions at Marineland. The cove has been redecorated the past couple of weeks. The rocks are steeper, but we now have a sandy beach so our entries/exits will be so much easier.

Uh, never mind. There's a reason the rocks are up on the shore now!

The red tide appears to be back once again. The foamberg stretched for miles.

I decided to look at the point, knowing it would not be diveable today. The waves were forming out on the main reef, some as high as ten feet. The lulls were about thirty seconds, so unless you can run on the surface in full gear, you will end up getting pounded into the rocks.

I left my gear packed, just in case a miracle happens and the ocean flattens out by morning.

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