Posted by scottfiji on July 16, 2006 at 21:32:11:|
Penny and I showed up at Marineland at 11:30 expected a large barbecue, well it turns out no one dove due to surf/swell/whatever you want to call it. (you don't actually get real surf in the cove at OML).
A few people were still around barbecueing, including shannon, dan, mirek, don, Al, doug, karen, and others. Penny and I shared some food, then I started suiting up for a dive (penny wasn't diving due to a cold).
Low tide was at 8AM, which would have made for a nasty entry. Tide was much higher at 12 noon. I didn't even look at point, and opted for a cove entry. since the water gets deep fast, entry was not bad, going in during a lull. Still, you could defintely feel the power of the surge.
Reports of vis at the 120 reef was 3-4 feet, so I decided to swim towards the point. After 5 minutes (a mild current was in my favor) I was about 1/3 of the way there, and I thought the reef might be starting soon, so I dropped down. Sure enough after swimming at 40ft for 1 minute I hit the start of a nice reef.
vis was quite low, 5ft, with heavy sand/particles in the water, so photos were mostly very back-scatter heavy. Still, I managed to get a lot of closeup-photo practise in, and I can't wait for some clear days at OML.
At 1000 PSI I turned around and headed back for the cove. I had to fight a mild current but its power was greatly diminished at a shallow 20ft depth. My air lasted longer at this depth also, and I just had enough air to surface right in front of where I entered. Penny, Don, and Terry were there waiting for me, how nice!
Surge was strong upon entry, and I had to carefully take my fins off without getting carried too close to shore. I picked the right moment to run up the rocks, and exited without a hitch.
Hope you enjoy the photos, and lets hope the vis clears up!
This was a large structure, part of a pier maybe? It sort of looked like a huge ladder. could it be the old platform?
Lemon Dorids (Diaulula nobilis)
Light bulb Tunicates
corynactis and Algae
Monterey dorid (Archidoris montereyensis)
Terry, Don, Cyber, Penny
Bob (private areas blurred)
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