|Re: Marineland films|
Posted by test on October 22, 2013 at 20:42:03:|
In Reply to: Marineland films posted by Max Bottomtime on May 20, 2012 at 07:10:50:
Saturday I had the opportunity to actually finally do a lobster dive and joined Bill and Andy to explore the Panulirus interruptus population of northern Santa Monica Bay.
The conditions were spectacular: flat calm and glassy seas with sunshine above. Visibility on the surface looked amazing but as we have so often learned it does not always represent what you’ll find on the bottom. Today the surface promise was kept. Our first dive was on structure near the Malibu and vis on the bottom was 25-30 feet with temperature 59-60-degrees. The bugs were out and about and it only required two dives for us to limit out. I actually spent most of my second dive cruising the perimeter of the reef where I discovered numerous nervous Mantis Shrimp as well as a vast area of sea pens. It was pretty cool since I’ve usually only seen sea pens as singles or maybe just a few together.
Back at the launch ramp, Fish & Game was waiting at the dock to measure our catch and make sure all rules had been obeyed and all paperwork was correct. It was.
The dive on the Olympic was great, but the dive at the Eureka platform was magnificent. Dropping into the azure water we found visibility ranging to 100-feet with clouds of mini-mackerel sweeping back and forth through the giant structure while clusters of garibaldi decorated the verticals. Of course the invert life on the rig structure is amazing.
All in all, an awesome weekend with beautiful conditions and good friends – there is nothing better in my book.
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