The Return of Diver Merry

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on April 08, 2010 at 21:41:54:

After 89 horrible days of illness, poor dive conditions and tax preparation Merry finally got back in the water this afternoon. We had planned to make a quick dive on the Avalon wreck but the water in the south bay is a chocolately goodness. Red tide has spread nearshore all along the west side of Palos Verdes. We headed around to the south side, but the wind and swells made a day of diving look like a distant memory. We ducked around Long Point and the swells diminished. The water was a dirty green so we moved over to the Marineland Platform. It's been a couple of years since we dived here so we decided to go for it.

Water temperature was a brisk 53F and visibility was only six to eight feet, but any dive is good after three months.

We found a nice assortment of nudibranchs, sheep crabs, rockfish and a nice California Scorpionfish that Merry got a good photo of. I got a lot of backscatter-filled images today, thanks to the dirty water. Swell models are promising a better day on Sunday, so maybe we won't wait three months for Merry's next dive.

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