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Dive Report w/ pics: Palawan, North Hyperion Pipe, & the Avalon


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Posted by Chris on August 30, 2007 at 23:39:56:

Last Saturday (August 25, 2007) Kathryn and I went out with the Sea Divers aboard the Sea Bass.

Our first dive was the wreck of the Palawan off of Redondo Beach. Captain Richard put the anchor right against the side about mid ship. The surface water was a touch green with about 25 foot visibility, but below 80 feet the visibility opened up to over 50 feet. We could easily see across the wreck and to the next compartment. There several lingcod, but none would let me approach them close enough for anything but a fish butt shot.

Our second dive was on the North Hyperion Outfall Pipe off of El Segundo. It is one of the two pipes the pumps out the treated sewage from the Hyperion Treatment Plant 5 to 8 miles offshore. It is rich with life since it is some of the only structure in what is mostly the sand bottom of Santa Monica Bay. The visibility was only about 12 feet, but there was plenty of interesting life. This dive is a live boat dive since it is a no anchor area. The captain drops you just North of the Pipe and you swim south until you hit it. One on the pipe you stay on it until you are ready to surface. The areas with the red buoys are to be avoided since they are the intakes for the SDWP power plant.

Our last dive was on the wreck of the Avalon. Captain Richard was having an exceptionally good anchor day because he dropped the anchor about 10 feet from the bow of the Avalon. There was a huge school of Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip Surfperch) hiding in the bow. Since the visibility was so good I spent much of the dive taking pictures of the perch. The temperature at the Avalon was about 62 °F which is very warm for that area. I think it was the warmest dive I have ever had there.


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The Sea Divers trip to
the Wreck of the Palawan,
the North Hyperion Outfall Pipe, &
the Wreck of the Avalon
aboard the Sea Bass
August 25, 2007

click on the images to enlarge

The Wreck of the Palawan (Redondo Beach)
Sebastes umbrosus (Honeycomb Rockfish)
Sebastes umbrosus
(Honeycomb Rockfish)
Sebastes umbrosus (Honeycomb Rockfish)
Sebastes umbrosus
(Honeycomb Rockfish)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Sebastes umbrosus (Honeycomb Rockfish)
Sebastes umbrosus
(Honeycomb Rockfish)
Crassedoma giganteum (Rock Scallop) covered with Corynactis california (Club-Tipped Anemones)
Crassedoma giganteum (Rock Scallop) covered with Corynactis california (Club-Tipped Anemones)
Cystodytes lobatus (Lobed Tunicate)
Cystodytes lobatus
(Lobed Tunicate)
Parastichopus californicus (Giant Sea Cucumber)
Parastichopus californicus
(Giant Sea Cucumber)
Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling)
Oxylebius pictus
(Painted Greenling)
Rathbunella hypoplecta ( Stripefin Ronquil,
Rathbunella hypoplecta
(Stripefin Ronquil,
a.k.a. Smooth Ronquil)
Rathbunella hypoplecta ( Stripefin Ronquil,
Rathbunella hypoplecta
(Stripefin Ronquil,
a.k.a. Smooth Ronquil)
Rathbunella hypoplecta ( Stripefin Ronquil,
Rathbunella hypoplecta
(Stripefin Ronquil,
a.k.a. Smooth Ronquil)
Rathbunella hypoplecta ( Stripefin Ronquil,
Rathbunella hypoplecta
(Stripefin Ronquil,
a.k.a. Smooth Ronquil)
Rathbunella hypoplecta ( Stripefin Ronquil,
Rathbunella hypoplecta
(Stripefin Ronquil,
a.k.a. Smooth Ronquil)
Rathbunella hypoplecta ( Stripefin Ronquil,
Rathbunella hypoplecta
(Stripefin Ronquil,
a.k.a. Smooth Ronquil)
Sebastes carnatus (Gopher Rockfish) hiding next to the Sea Bass' anchor chain
Sebastes carnatus (Gopher Rockfish) hiding next to the Sea Bass' anchor chain

The North Hyperion Outfall Pipe (El Segundo)
mating Aplysia californica (California Sea Hare)
mating Aplysia californica
(California Sea Hare)
Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spined Star)
Pisaster giganteus
(Giant Spined Star)
Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spined Star)
Pisaster giganteus
(Giant Spined Star)
Loxorhynchus grandis (Sheep Crab)
Loxorhynchus grandis
(Sheep Crab)
Loxorhynchus grandis (Sheep Crab)
Loxorhynchus grandis
(Sheep Crab)
Pachycerianthus fimbriatus (Tube-Dwelling Anemones)
Pachycerianthus fimbriatus
(Tube-Dwelling Anemones)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch) & Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
& Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch) & Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
& Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch) & Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
& Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch) & Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
& Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)
Astrangia lajollaensis
(Colonial Cup Coral)
a North Heperion outfall pipe flange
a North Heperion outfall pipe flange
Loxorhynchus grandis (Sheep Crab)
Loxorhynchus grandis
(Sheep Crab)
Astrangia lajollaensis (Colonial Cup Coral)
Astrangia lajollaensis
(Colonial Cup Coral)
P8259310x24-0Flr.jpg
Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Diaulula sandiegensis (San Diego Dorid)
Diaulula sandiegensis
(San Diego Dorid)
Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
an egg mass of Aplysia californica (California Sea Hare)
an egg mass of
Aplysia californica
(California Sea Hare)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab)
on a Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab)
on a Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab)
on a Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab)
on a Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab) on a Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Moss Crab)
on a Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Pachycerianthus fimbriatus (Tube-Dwelling Anemone) next to the pipe
Pachycerianthus fimbriatus
(Tube-Dwelling Anemone)
next to the pipe

The Wreck of the Avalon (Palos Verdes)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
P8259343x6-0Flr.jpg
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch) & Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch) & Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip Surfperch) & Phanerodon frucatus (White Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip Surfperch) & Phanerodon frucatus (White Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch) & Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch) & Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
P8259367h.5-255g1.2Flr.jpg
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch) & Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch) & Embiotoca jacksoni (Black Perch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
a female Semicossyphus pulcher (California Sheephead)
a female Semicossyphus pulcher
(California Sheephead)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes (Rubberlip surfperch)
Rhacochilus toxotes
(Rubberlip Surfperch)
Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spined Star) & Parastichopus parvimensis (Warty Sea Cucumber)
Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spined Star) & Parastichopus parvimensis (Warty Sea Cucumber)

Paguristes ulreyi (Furry Hermit Crab )
Paguristes ulreyi
(Furry Hermit Crab )

Scorpaena guttata (California Scorpionfish
Scorpaena guttata
(California Scorpionfish)
Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spined Star)
Pisaster giganteus
(Giant Spined Star)

top side
Andrea Beck
Andrea Beck
John Delaney
John Delaney
Greg Savino
Greg Savino
Peter Landecker
Peter Landecker
Walter Crandall
Walter Crandall
DM Scott & Captain Richard
DM Scott & Captain Richard
Andrea Beck
Andrea Beck
Kip Crandall
Kip Crandall
Denise Baca & Greg Savino
Denise Baca & Greg Savino
Captain Richard & DM Scott
Captain Richard & DM Scott
DM Scott
DM Scott
Denise Baca, Greg Savino, & John Delaney
Denise Baca, Greg Savino, & John Delaney

Chris Grossman's Underwater Photography
©2007 Chris Grossman, diver.net




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