Beaten, Battered and Bewildered. Diving When the ocean says not today.

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 27, 2015 at 20:54:02:

All week long the swell models were showing blue. Flat seas were looking very inviting for the weekend. Last night they called for one to two feet at eighteen second intervals. This is what got our hopes up;
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This is what it actually looked like;
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We motored at half speed along the west side of Palos Verdes, wind driven waves pounding the windshield with swells feeling like we were four-wheeling instead of boating. If we could just make it to the south side we would find calmer seas.

As we rounded Rocky Point Merry shrieked. It had nothing to do with the beating we were taking. She spotted three tuna crabs on the surface. We stopped and suddenly those three turned into a lot more. The surface was hopping with the tiny red crustaceans from Rocky Point to Abalone Cove. We didn't get any photos in the water, but we clicked away at the surface.

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Although the south side was much calmer, it still felt better once we got in the water. Visibility at Garden Spot was pretty nice. We found the usual suspects out and about, not knowing about the storm brewing above their home.

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I found several shells filled with these eggs. I've never seen them before, but they had all hatched,
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At Little Reef is was a bit rougher but the water looked blue. Well, the top three feet was blue. We dropped through a brown haze to the rocks below. As usual, tiny nudibranchs dotted the reef. I found four yellow fin fringeheads poking out of the rocks as well as a Dendrodoris nigromaculata, formerly known as Dendrodoris behrensi.

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We made it home safely, but I think we'll sleep in tomorrow.

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