|Dive Report - Bugs, Wrecks & Rigs|
Posted by Patrick on October 22, 2013 at 20:48:13:|
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.
Sunday Cindy and I signed aboard the Pacific Star for a “wreck & rigs” trip. At loading time a heavy fog limited visibility to just a few hundred feet - not the conditions to dive either the Olympic or any of the off-shore oil rigs. Captain Dave decided to run out and see what conditions on the Olympic were like. By the time we were on site the fog had started to lift and conditions had improved to where we could safely dive.
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