This year can't end soon enough

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on December 22, 2019 at 14:49:35:

Dive conditions have been mostly bad around Palos Verdes for the past eight months. Thanks to two weeks in British Columbia and three trips to Farnsworth Bank, Merry managed to squeeze in 98 dives this year. With ten days left in the year, I was hoping to get in two more dives before turning the page on 2019. Four days of rain are predicted beginning tonight, so we went out on a day we would have normally stayed home.

The wind was constant but not strong enough to blow us off our site. Visibility at Haggerty's was a murky ten feet, which was better than I expected after weeks of high surf. We've been out of the water for over five weeks, so we really needed to dive.

The palm kelp is doing okay but much of the giant kelp is gone, making the crane a boring dive. There were no schools of fish, no harbor seal, and no sharks. Merry and I were both shooting wide angle, so after a single dive we called it a day.

Merry concentrating on a moray eel

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