|Johnsons Rock, Catalina - April 8 (mini report with pictures) +|
Posted by jlyle on April 09, 2006 at 13:53:42:|
We were all going through withdrawal, getting crabby and depressed. This was to be the weekend, come hell or high water. Despite the National Weather Service's prediction for winds, high surf and a chance of rain, we were going.
On Saturday morning, we met at the boat early to get a jump start on the crossing to Catalina Island. There were just the three of us, me, Scott, and Margaret, armed with our cameras. It was just beautiful, no wind, flat sea, and a quick crossing to the west end of the island.
We dropped the anchor near Johnson's Rock, named after a Mr. Johnson who discovered it early one morning when his ship hit the rock. Visibility wasn't a wonderful as we had hoped for, but you could look down and see the kelp stalks disappear into the murk about twenty-feet down, not bad for this time of year.
Donning our drysuits and grabbing the cameras, we dropped down the anchor line to check the anchor before creeping along the rock wall, looking for small stuff. The diving was so nice, that we opted to do our second dives in the same location. We dined on tunafish sandwiches for lunch on the flat crossing back to the mainland.
It was a great day to get wet again. Unfortunately, we decided not to dive on Sunday because of a very large westerly swell. Breakfast was the better option. Hopefully, we can go back to our regular pattern of diving every weekend.
Below are some images that I captured with my trusty Olympus c5050 to share.
A tiny H. crassicornis on a kelp holdfast
A HUGE H. crassicornis - about an inch-and-a-half long, biggest one I've ever seen.
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