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The Sea Divers trip to Catalina on March 22, 2008


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Posted by Chris on March 27, 2008 at 11:31:21:

Last Saturday March 22, 200 I and 15 other Sea Divers went to Catalina aboard the Magician.

Our first dive was at Little Farnsworth, a pinnacle in front of the power plant just East of Avalon. Since Kathryn had not been diving for about eight months I left the camera behind so I could devote my attention to her for the dive. Little Farnsworth was covered with Zoanthids (as usual) and Kathryn and I also found an octopus, a moray, and several lobsters. The water was 53°F at 110 ft. and 56°F near the surface. The water was very green (as it was everywhere) but the visibility opened up a bit below 100 feet.

Our next dive was at Long Point. Kathryn and I found a C-O Sole which I took a sequence of very similar looking pictures of.

The third dive was at the Bill Kroll Memorial at Little Gibraltar. Most divers saw morays here. We did not. But I did find a crack full of lobster and red shrimp.

Our inside was near the plane wreck. I took a very interesting sequence of a California Sea Cucumber feeding. Watching the multiple mouths in action was fascinating.

We dove the plane wreck instead of moving on because Captain Jerry said there ahead been several Great White sightings near the crane. The story (3rd hand) was that there was a dead baby whale carcass on the shore stinking to high heaven. So the crew of the Sand dollar used their skiff to drag it out into deeper water. When the divers later went in for a night dive at the same spot they encountered a Great White. The next morning they again saw the Great White swimming around the anchor line so elected to move to a new spot.

Here are my picture from the trip:

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Topside
Edward Serhal
Edward Serhal
Dean Ritter
Dean Ritter
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Kristen
Mark Perlstein
Mark Perlstein
Wil Lemley
Wil Lemley
DM Rod
DM Rod
Roger Carlson
Roger Carlson
Kathryn Cody
Kathryn Cody
Crag Pinkham, Denise Baca in the background
Crag Pinkham
Denise Baca in the background
Andy Loska
Andy Loska
Mark Perlstein cleans his mask, Carol Beck and Kristen in the background
Mark Perlstein cleans his mask,
Carol Beck and Kristen
in the background
Brian McNamara
Brian McNamara

Below
Henricia leviuscula (Blood Star) on Membranipora membranacea coated Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)
Henricia leviuscula (Blood Star) on
Membranipora membranacea coated
Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)
Pleuronichthys coenosus (C-O Sole)
Pleuronichthys coenosus
(C-O Sole)
Crassedoma giganteum (Rock Scallop)
Crassedoma giganteum
(Rock Scallop)
Bugula neritina (Moss Animal)
Bugula neritina
(Moss Animal)
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster), Lysmata californica (Red Rock Shrimp), & Lythrypnus dalli (Bluebanded Goby)
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster), Lysmata californica (Red Rock Shrimp), & Lythrypnus dalli (Bluebanded Goby)
Thelepus crispus (Terebellid Worm)
Thelepus crispus
(Terebellid Worm)
Dean Ritter
Dean Ritter
Pelagophycus porra (Elk Kelp)
Pelagophycus porra
(Elk Kelp)
Painted Greenling on a Bread Sponge
Painted Greenling on a Bread Sponge
Didemnum carnulentum
Didemnum carnulentum
Ophiopsilla californica (Brittle Star)
Ophiopsilla californica
(Brittle Star)
Muricea californica (California golden gorgonian)
Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Muricea californica (California golden gorgonian)
Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Pisaster Giganteus (Giant Spined Star)
Pisaster Giganteus
(Giant Spined Star)
Bill Kroll Memorial Plaque
Bill Kroll Memorial Plaque
Pisaster Giganteus (Giant Spined Star)
Pisaster Giganteus
(Giant Spined Star)
Jeff Reimer
Jeff Reimer
Didemnum carnulentum
Didemnum carnulentum
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster)
Panulirus interruptus
(California Spiny Lobster)
Muricea californica (California golden gorgonian)
Muricea californica
(California Golden Gorgonian)
Didemnum carnulentum
Didemnum carnulentum
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus californicus (California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus californicus
(California Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus parvimensis (Warty Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus parvimensis
(Warty Sea Cucumber)
A feeding Parastichopus parvimensis (Warty Sea Cucumber)
A feeding
Parastichopus parvimensis
(Warty Sea Cucumber)

Chris Grossman's Underwater Photography
©2008 Chris Grossman, diver.net





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