|Trip Report and Photos: Diving with Ross O, 11-25-06, More dives off our Coast.|
Posted by Elaine on December 11, 2006 at 07:22:56:|
Diving with Ross O.
November 25, 2006
The Wreck of the Loop, Hawthorn's,
and another Local Wreck
Story and Photos © Elaine Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced written permission.
The days are growing shorter and the air and water temperatures are dropping. On this Saturday after Thanksgiving, Ross O. Scott, Penny, Claudette, and myself went out to burn off some seasonally related calories and to escape the world for a day.
We got an early morning start and made our first stop the the wreck of the FS Loop.
Visibility was 10 feet or so. With reels tied, we made our circles around the site. For whatever reason, the FS Loop tends to support a large population of nudibranchs. We also found a blenny in one of the small holes. After finding one we noticed that there was actually a large blenny colony present here as well..
The find that created the most excitement was made by Claudette. A flashlight shining through a swell shark egg revealed a baby swell shark swimming inside. Ross captured the sight with his digital camera. In my photo, scanned from slide film, the strobe overpowered the backlighting necessary to see the egg contents.
We decided to make out next stop a short ride up the coast at Hawthorn's.
Visibility at Hawthorn's was a bit better. We saw lingcod and swell sharks. I made a long swim about the reef still trying to figure out its landmarks and layout. It is still very confusing, but maybe one day I'll figure it out.
We made our last dive at a local wreck. Visibility here was only about 5 feet and the afternoon sun was fading. There was enough silt covered structure remaining to keep us entertained through the less than inviting conditions.
Back on the boat, the sun was setting and we ended our day on the ocean in winters early darkness.
Our last stop of the day was at the cheep and flaming hot taco spot in San Pedro - Spiros.
Until next time.......
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