Saturday, September 29, 2012
Chestnut Cowry (Cypraea spadicea)
Location: La Jolla Shores, North Wall
Time in: 7:36 am
Time under: 60 min
Max depth: 80 ft
Avg temp: 59 F
Waves: 1-2 ft, strong current
Buddies: Marla M, Steve L, Terry S
Sarcastic Fringehead (Neoclinus blanchardi)
Highlights: First dive in a while. Lots of lobsters along the North Wall, somehow they knew it was opening weekend for Lobster Season. Finding the angel statue.
I joined Marla, Steve and Terry for a dive to the North Wall. Conditions were better than expected, given the report of 4-5 ft surf from the west and 0-5 ft visibility on Friday. Surf was small and easily manageable. On the kick out, there was a mild current pushing north, but after dropped down in about 40 ft of water, the current was then pushing south. We swam along the North Wall, with the kelp above the wall laying down almost flat from the current coming over it. We saw lots and lots of lobster, including some very large ones who must have known it was opening weekend and were looking for a safe place to hide. Pretty far out on the North Wall, we came across the angel statue.
Graceful Crab (Cancer gracilis)
Marla and I turned and headed back perpendicular to the current and make the jump across at about 55 ft. On the way back in, we saw two very small horn sharks. Terry and Steve continued their dives in doubles, heading to Vallecitos Pt.
Diver Steve Lawton