Deadman's Reef Report

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Posted by Rick Coleman on January 05, 2008 at 20:22:52:

On Thursday night I dove Deadmanís Reef with Halibug, Mark, Tom and John. We hoped to beat the approaching storm that was due to lash Southern California. So, about 5 days after returning from the tranquil 82 degree water of Bonaire I found myself making the long surface swim in water about 30 degrees colder than my previous dive. That surface swim followed getting knocked down by a wave on the entry and trying to keep my camera from doing a face plant into the sandy bottom. When I was shivering at the end of the dive I realized that it doesnít really get any better than this. Deadmanís Reef in Laguna is really quite spectacular. There are some big walls, drop-offs, and lots of life. The swim really isnít that bad. I would like to have surfaced swam out a little further as I had to navigate underwater a little ways to find the best part of the reef. Consequently I didnít shoot too many shots as I was navigating out and then back in for much of the dive while looking for new subjects. When I didnít find much new to photograph I shot some familiar subjects. My buddies were bug hunting and Mark had the hot hand with four. Hereís some of the shots:

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