Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dive report - Pt Loma Kelp Beds 6/25/11

Jim scooters by the anchor.
Jim scooters by the anchor.

Date: 6/25/11
Location: Somewhere near Camel Head, Pt Loma

Dive #1
Time in: 10:55 am
Time under: 47 min
Max depth: 79 ft
Min temp: 56 F
Vis: ~20 ft below the green gloom
Waves: 2-3 ft swells
Buddies: Marla, Jim, Mikey, Barbara

Marla swims over the reef.
Marla swims over the reef.

Dive #2
Time in: 1:42 pm
Time under: 44 min
Max depth: 88 ft
Min temp: 56 F
Vis: ~20 ft below the green gloom
Waves: 2-3 ft swells
Buddies: Marla

More photos: http://www.underpressurephoto.com/Dive-Reports/20110625-Scuba-Pt-Loma/

Highlights: Getting out on my parent's boat with good friends.

Proliferating Anemone (Epiactis prolifera) on kelp.
Proliferating Anemone (Epiactis prolifera) on kelp.

I took 4 dive buddies out on my parent's boat to dive Pt Loma. Conditions were good, with sun and mild swells (for the first dive). There was a thick layer of algae down to about 40 ft and it opened up a little to about 20 ft vis below that. On the first dive, I shot wide angle, though conditions weren't very good for it with a lot of surge.

Club-tipped Anemone (Corynactis californica)
Club-tipped Anemone (Corynactis californica)

In between dives, we had a yummy black forest cake for Mikey's (22nd?) birthday. :) I switched to macro, but realized after dropping down that the focus limiter on the 60mm macro lens was on. Fortunately, it was still usable, so I had to practice taking photos with with a little more surroundings, rather than closeups.

Thanks to my mom for taking photos above water:

Barbara, me, Marla, Mikey, my dad and Jim.
Barbara, me, Marla, Mikey, my dad and Jim.

Ready to do a giant stride.
Ready to do a giant stride.

Mikey, Marla and I ready to drop.
Mikey, Marla and I ready to drop.