Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dive report - La Jolla Shores 7/2/11

Yellow Dorid (Acanthodoris lutea)
Yellow Dorid (Acanthodoris lutea)

Date: 7/2/11
Location: La Jolla Shores
Time in: 6:56 AM
Time under: 64 min
Max depth: 86 ft
Min temp: 54 F
Vis: 20+ below 60 ft and the thick green soup
Waves: 2-3 ft with some energy.
Buddies: Kim, Terry & Marla

More photos: http://www.underpressurephoto.com/Dive-Reports/20110702-Scuba-LJS/

Mating White spotted porostomes (Doriopsilla albopunctata)
Mating White spotted porostomes (Doriopsilla albopunctata)

Highlights: Nice relaxing dive at the old standby, LJS. My first photos of a Acanthadoris lutea (yellow dorid). Lots of juvenile octopi.

Met in the parking lot at 6 AM, trying to beat the Independence Day weekend crowds and got front row parking. Got out through the largeish surf and many surfers spread south past the life guard tower. Dropped down into the green gloom, the type where you can't see your fin tips very well from the surface. As we continued dropping past 60 feet, the visibility opened up into a dark expanse. We hit bottom around 85 feet and slowly made our way back up to the wall at 60 feet. Visibility wasn't as good along the wall, but not terrible either, probably 10-12 ft. Flashlights were handy for keeping track of dive buddies.

Mating San Diego Dorids (Diaulula sandiegensis)
Mating San Diego Dorids (Diaulula sandiegensis)

There were many juvenile octopi out below the wall and at Vallecitos Point. Lots of mating nudibranchs and I saw two different yellow dorids. The point is also covered in various colors of spiny brittle stars. We exited closer to Vallecitos St and avoided the surf and surfers. Breakfast at Starbucks topped off the morning.

Sculpin
Sculpin

Scott