|Dive Report: Mendocino County Abalone Dive|
Posted by Chris on May 26, 2009 at 11:20:24:|
On Saturday May 16, 2009 my friend Brian Hillyer and myself went red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) diving in Mendocino County. Low tide that day was 11:05 AM so we headed for the water just after 10AM.
The air was a brisk 51°F but the bright sun made it seem much warmer. The water was a crystal clear blue. As I walked to the water's edge I could see the many small sculpins in the shallows scamper for cover.
Many of the rocks had Shark Chow sunning themselves.
Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)
As Brian and I first waded and swam out the bottom was crystal clear.
Brian Hiller heading for the water
As we began to explore we could clearly see the abalone from the surface. I saw large one and dove down and grabbed it, it was about 9¼ inches.
Chris Grossman and Brian Hillyer
Once we each got our three abs we came back out of the water and immediately tagged the abs while we sat on a log on the beach.
Brian Hillyer returns to shore
It was a great day of ab diving, and Kathryn, Brian, and myself enjoyed an abalone feast for dinner that evening.
You can see the entire set of pictures here.
Text ©2009 Chris Grossman
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