|Dive Report: Catalina on Sunday May 25, 2008 aboard the Magician|
Posted by Chris on May 26, 2008 at 21:48:01:|
On Sunday May 25, 2008 Kathryn and I went on a day dive trip to Catalina aboard the Magician. The sky threatened rain and we got a few brief light showers on the trip over. However the sea was calm.
Our first dive was at ship rock. The visibility varied from about 25 feet to ten feet depending on depth, with deeper be a bit clearer, and much colder. It was 52°F at 95 feet and 58°F above 35 feet.
Our second dive was at Eagle Reef. The water seemed murky with visibility in the 20 to 15 foot range. The same thermocline was the same as it was at Ship Rock. However there were many fewer nudibranchs than there were in April. The decline is probably related to the explosion in the population of Navanax inermis. I saw many on the dive and witnessed two feeding on Hermissenda crassicornis.
Our third dive was at Sea Fan Grotto. It was obvious that with this very full boatload of diver that Grotto would be one big CF. So Kathryn and I headed East and dove the area between there and the old rock quarry. I found three Green Abalone (Haliotis fulgens) at this dive site.
My pictures from the trip follow:
Santa Catalina Island aboard the Magician
May 25, 2008
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