|Fooling Mother Nature|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on December 29, 2016 at 20:45:51:|
For what seems like years the ocean has been calm during the week with large surf arriving by Friday afternoon, just in time to ruin our weekend diving plans. Merry and I tricked Mother Nature by sneaking in two dives today.
A flat sea with no wind greeted us as we anchored next to Kevin's Reef. Our anchor rode was nearly vertical our entire time here. Although visibility was not much more than fifteen feet we thoroughly enjoyed our day.
As I reached the reef I found yet another Peltodoris mullineri. We rarely find them elsewhere but I've found four or five in the short time we've been diving Kevin's Reef.
We decided to visit the White Point outfall pipe in San Pedro for our next dive. We found a field of squid eggs here before and hoped for a repeat performance. We found zero. We did find several animals we haven't seen around the Palos Verdes Peninsula for a long time. Everywhere we turned we found old friends, from Tritonia festiva to Doriopsilla spaldingi and Cuthona divae. I mentioned to Merry a few months ago that I couldn't remember the last one I found. There were two next to our anchor.
Visibility was a murky fifteen feet with 54° at each site. We had a smooth ride back to Redondo Beach. Maybe things have changed and it will stay calm through Sunday. It could happen.
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