Diving week of 5/12 – 16/14 Dive Conditions

We headed out on our boat to Catalina Island Monday morning from Dana Point
to Two Harbors. The crossing was beautiful, it took us about 2 hours with
very little wind and swell. We passed by 40 or so Risso Dolphins 3 miles
off of the island which was a real joy to see.

Dive 1 @2pm was Bird Rock 5/12/14 It was 40 ft of visibility with
beautiful kelp forest life.

The wind started to pick up in the afternoon so we went inside Eagle Reef
and did some free diving in the Kelp Forest close to the island.

Tuesday Morning Catalina Island 5/13/14

Dive 2 @10 am Ship Rock. It was about 50 ft of visibility. One of our
favorite sights at Catalina.

Dive 3 @2pm Eagle Reef. Stronger current 40 ft of visibility.

Wednesday La Jolla Cove 5/14/14

Dive Site: A Buoy
Time: 9:00 am
Air Temp: 90 F
Water Temp: 50 F
U/W Visibility: 20 ft
Current: Westerly
Surge: none
Max Depth: 37 ft
Bottom Time: 45 min

Sightings: We had 1 male 7 Gill which was a joy to see. Usual suspects
around the rock pile. The diver out with us today had his first ocean dive
and great encounter with a 7 gill. What an introduction!

Thursday La Jolla Shores 5/15/14

Dive Site: Vallecitos Point
Time: 8:00 am
Air Temp: 90F
Water Temp: 52 F
U/W Visibility: 30 ft
Current: moderate on the wall
Surge: none
Max Depth: 63 ft
Bottom Time: 43 min

Sightings: We had some nice lions mane nudibranchs on the kelp stalks. 3
different Halibut sightings. The Purple Sea Hares were sliding on the sea
floor in numbers. It’s always nice to look across the canyon and see it
bending when the visibility is over 30 ft!

Dive Site: Rock Pile
Time: 10:30 am
Air Temp: 93 F
Water Temp: 54 F
U/W Visibility: 25 ft
Current: none
Surge: none
Max Depth: 36 ft
Bottom Time: 49 min

Sightings: We saw 2 different Male 7 gills. The encounters were quite long
for us. One male shark looked like it may have been tagged on it’s lower
back just above the dorsal. The other smaller male swam by ever so
gracefully giving us a nice close encounter. It was a great dive.

Friday 5/16/14

La Jolla Shores – Conditions are the same as yesterday only this dive we
were lucky enough to have a few horn sharks hang out in the canyon crevices
today.

La Jolla Cove – Things were the same as yesterday just as beautiful… We
were very fortunate to have similar 7 gill encounters again this time for 4
minutes each. The same male with the tag in it’s back and another larger 6
– 7 ft male.

Tomorrow we head out for a Blue and Mako Shark trip. It should be
beautiful. Expecting a few more Makos this week with the heat.

*Nick LeBeouf*

Founder

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