Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dive report - La Jolla Shores 10/3/10

Date: 10/3/10
Location: La Jolla Shores, CA
Time in: 7:36 am
Time under: 74 min
Max depth: 66 ft
Ave temp: 61 F
Vis: 10-15 ft
Waves: 1-2 ft
Buddies: Spencer, Terry, Merriane

Yellow Crab (Cancer anthonyi)
Yellow Crab (Cancer anthonyi)

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Highlights: Large halibut at about 40 ft, stearns aeolids, visiting Vallecitos Pt after a long time away.

We met up at La Jolla Shores as the sun was unsuccessfully breaking through the clouds. The waves were small and the water was deceptively calm. On the swim out, we quickly got caught up in a long shore current pulling south. About half way out to the drop point, the current ceased. Conditions were pretty clear (15+ ft vis) when we dropped into 60 ft of water, but didn't stay that way. 4 photographers, each shooting macro in their own little world spread out along the south wall. Some of us met up at Vallecitos Point, where the calm was invaded by new student divers.

California halibut (Paralichthys californicus)
California halibut (Paralichthys californicus)

Reaching the turn around air pressure, we started heading east, up the slope. Spencer and I found a relatively large California Halibut (~3-4 ft long). With my macro lens, all that I could get a picture of was it's misshaped face. In honor of opening weekend for lobsters, I took a couple photos of a lucky lobster, safely tucked away in the nature preserve.

California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus)
California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interruptus)