Location: Marine Room, La Jolla
Time in: 10:47 am
Time under: 71 min
Max depth: 99 ft
Avg temp: 61 F
Vis: ~10 ft
Waves: 1-2 ft, easy
Buddies: Julie L., Mikey, NOAA Jim
Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea)" alt="Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea)
Highlights: Leopard sharks in the shallows, lots of lobsters on the canyon rim (hiding in the preserve), a couple of sheep crabs, a cormorant, tons of pipefish, lots of small nudibranchs. Oh yeah, my 200th dive and first dive with my new (used) Transpac and wing (thanks Rob!).
Three Lined Aeolid (Flabellina trilineata) laying eggs
Had a really nice dive with Julie, Mikey and Jim. Mikey and Jim headed down the hill as soon as we dropped down, so Julie and I stopped around 95 feet and hung out taking macro photos. A cormorant buzzed us at about 60 ft and there were lots of small nudibranchs in the shallows (20-30 ft), so we took our time heading in. I'm working on getting an ID on the last photo (thanks Terry, Kim and Mike) - the tiny nudibranch. The transpac worked great and keeping good trim was super easy compared to a jacket BC.
Feather duster tube worm
As we were exiting, we were surrounded by leopard sharks in ~4 feet of water. It was awesome seeing them at our feet and through the small breaking waves. One of these days, I need to snorkel at the Marine Room with them.