Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dive Report - La Jolla Shores 11/7/10

Date: 11/7/10
Location: La Jolla Shores
Time in: 8:01 am
Time under: 66 min
Max depth: 70 ft
Avg temp: 64 F
Vis: ~10 ft, hazy with lots of stuff kicked up
Waves: 1-3 ft, northerly longshore current
Buddies: Spencer & Bill

Blue-Ring Topsnail (Calliostoma annulatum)
Blue-Ring Topsnail (Calliostoma annulatum)

Photos:
http://underpressurephoto.com/Dive-Reports/20101107-Scuba-LJS/

Highlights: Beautiful topside conditions, a little rough underwater. Photographed a nice blue ring topsnail and saw a couple of juvenile horn sharks.

Three Lined Aeolid (Flabellina trilineata)
Three Lined Aeolid (Flabellina trilineata)

There were sets of waves that came through that were in the 2-3+ ft range, but they were easily timed. They seemed to be getting bigger after we got out though. Underwater, there was still a northerly longshore current that prevented us from swimming very far south of the lifeguard tower. We were aiming for Vallecitos Point, but never got close. Along the canyon, there was a steady surge that we had to fight to swim south and visibility was better in the shallows than below 20 ft. I brought the 105mm lens for a change and spent a lot of the dive fighting it to focus at close range. Spencer was shooting wide angle, so along the canyon rim I tried to model a little. Overall, not that great of conditions, but it will still really nice to get out and take a few pictures.

Juvenile Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci)
Juvenile Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci)

Speckled Sanddab (Citharichthys stigmaeus)
Speckled Sanddab (Citharichthys stigmaeus)

Scott