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Posted by Max Bottomtime on August 14, 2009 at 14:56:14:

KTLA Morning News was on location this morning at Terranea Resort. Dylan and K.K. of pvbikehikekayak.com took reporter Megan Anderson out on the water as Merry, Divebum Don and I geared up.
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Don headed over to the Garden while Merry and I went deep over the sand. We made our way toward shore, stopping along the way to look at lizardfish, globe crabs, chestnut cowries, flatfish and one great surprise. Merry found a tiny pink abalone crawling along the sand. I found Abby about fifteen years ago and haven't seen a live abalone at Marineland since. We took Sandy to his new home next to Abby. If Sandy hangs around he'll be fed fresh kelp fronds every time we dive there.
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Merry had another first today. She began her underwater photography career by taking her Sealife housing down for the first time. Not only did she get a lot of decent images, but it didn't leak. A complete success!
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After the dive, the excitement continued on the beach. Jen Schumacher, a 24-year-old Cal State Fullerton grad student completed a 21-mile swim through the Catalina Channel.
 

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After all that, the Marine Mammal Care Center volunteers came down to release a harbor seal. The fun never stops at Marineland.
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We finished the morning by vising Matt the Birdman and then enjoyed a walk around the resort. We managed all of this before 9:00 this morning.
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