Location: LJS, Main Wall
Time in: 7:46 am
Time under: 63 min
Max depth: 65 ft
Ave temp: 54 F
Vis: ~5 ft in the shallows, 10-15 on the wall.
Waves: 2-3 feet, kind of annoying with a sinus rinse on the way out.
Buddies: Kim, Spencer & Robert
Diver Robert Casagrand and a tube dwelling anemone.
More photos: http://www.underpressurephoto.com/Dive-Reports/20110416-Scuba-La-Jolla-Shores/
Highlights: Back in the water after 2 and 1/2 months! And as a bonus, I still remember how to put my gear together!
It was great getting back in the water on such a beautiful day down at La Jolla Shores. Conditions were only so-so, with 2-3 foot waves, one right after another and mediocre vis on the wall, but we still had a good dive.
Yellow Crab (Cancer anthonyi)
I packed for wide angle, knowing that it was probably a macro day. Sure enough, in the crap patch were nudi's galore. Tons of hermissendas, dirona pictas and a couple of dendrotonus frondosus were out. We got buzzed by a cormorant at 60 feet, but it was too fast to get a photo. I busied myself playing around with the strobe settings and trying to photograph closeups (but not too close) of the 3 or 4 horn sharks we saw.
Diver Kim Mitchell above the sand at La Jolla Shores.
I turned around earlier than the rest of the group due to the cold and wanting to leave plenty of air in case the waves were still bad. I swam in under them, coming up in 5 feet of water and didn't have any problems exiting. Cap'n crunch french toast for breakfast with my dive buddies afterwards topped off the morning.
PS. don't forget the La Jolla marathon is tomorrow. Good luck to all of those running in it!