8/16/2010 - Divereport 8-15-19 LJS **Cumanotus Blue Light Special**
Divereport 8-15-19 LJS
Surf: 2-3 with some punch
Our merry crew of two dropped into 28' just North of Vallecitos point and quickly found a bazzillion Cumanotus sp. as well as several Cuthona columbiana (a new nudie for me wOOt!). All were feasting on the Summer-time blossom of hydroids amassing on the 30-40' slopes around the point. Beautiful sight to see.
We toured around the point and spotted a Fried Egg jelly south of the point, unfortunately it appeared near the end as it was pumping(?) the bell only every couple of minutes.
Finally, we spotted several dozen D. frondosus in the shallows ~25 they are everywhere, and also saw several baby juvi D. iris (still all nice a white with those funny white dots that look like someone painted them with white-out.
We bumped into Herb on the way back in; he was just as excited to see the return of the Cumanotus.
And people say San Diego doesn't have a change of seasons! Ha! They just do know where to look, it's all going on down below.
1/28/2010 - T'was a 'time to get back in to the water dive' LJS-28Jan-10
Date: Thursday night, Jan 28th
Location: Main wall, Crap Patch & Lion’s Den
Surf: 2-3 ft
After lamenting this long standing dry spell, the team decided a dive was required. Our objective was to survey the Vallecitos area, crap patch and Lion’s den and check for changes due to the last storm. Upon dropping into 31fsw North of the point, we decided to skip the point and check out the crap patch and Lion’s den.
The patch offered up some nice sights including several fine nudibranch specimens: Janolus barbarensis, D. picta and T. maculata
Also on display was a large number of rock fish; at one point I counted 6 juveniles within 3’ of each other.
Nearing the ¾ point of the dive we arrived at the Lion’s Den to find the kelp forest depleted by intact. I counted at least 25 melibe on one of the 3 remaining long kelp strands, all looking a little haggard.
On the exit I spied an active juvi Thornback that was a bit camera shy, loads swimmer crabs and more rockfish. No waves on exit.
Nothing beats diving with a GREAT set of buddies.
While the boat provided plenty of reasons to refer to this trip a a series of 'clusters', in the end, we all had a good time.
One piece of new critter behavior I caught was a some 'rough-housing' between a pair of full size Hermissenda crassicornisis. Having only heard of dualing nudi's I was quite fascinated by the whole ordeal. Although slow, the outcome was quite obvious. The guy on the left of of the photos bit the snot out of the guy on the right. No question about it. Even while fleeing, the guy on the left continued to bite his advisary till they victim was out of reach. Apparently they've got a bit of mean streak.
Thanks to Spencer and Marla for being outstanding buddies. And Kim and Newell too ;)
The '09 labor day weekend kicking off with a blast Saturday morning with my first ever doubles dive.
The first thing that comes to mind about this dive is, "I wish I'd done it sooner!"
Diving with a vintage set of 72's was fantastic (1971 born on date). The trim was perfect and the entry/exit were more managable than I expected. This experience was a top 3 new equipment dive for sure (#1 Apeks reg #2 my first camera).
It felt so natural I can't wait to do it again (get your mind back on diving for a minute).
Thanks to Spencer for the loaner Deep Outdoors double wing.
Finally, a small piece of diving history goes along with the tanks. So far, I have learned (yet to be confimed) that the tanks which I purchased from Marianne L. were previously owned by Scuba Sean (aka Sean in Hawaii) and before that Steve Donathan, who is remebered with a plaque on the Yukon, which is maintained in part by Jim Kinane, who almost bought the tanks but I beat him to it. Small world.
Here are a few photos from the dive...
Edit Note: Got my days confused. Sept 6 was a Sunday. Doh!
Pleasant early morning dive around Vallecitos Point. Spotting a lovely teenage D. iris, a large Ocean Whitefish and heard of Zebra gobys. Unfortunately, no large aircraft were spotted during the dive
Min Temp: 53 deg
This was my first dive after getting my drysuit 'upgraded' earlier in the week. I had the legs and sleeves altered, dry zipgloves added and replaced glued neck with zipseal neck.
The drygloves are the kind that have an internal dam, and I found them to have a few issues.
1) Glove pressurization on ascent/descent was not simple. I had to tug at internal dam to break seal to get air flow.
2) The 2" section of my wrist that was not covered either by the undergarment or glove liners got cold.
So, if anyone has suggestions on some 'best practices' with using the dam drygloves (no pun intended), please let me know. The solution I am contemplating is to cut out the dam and get some glove liners that cover the wrist, but I will wait to hear any suggestions you might have.
Conditions Sunday on North Wall were excellent. Great visibility and no current/surge/surf.
As many of you know, the doors closed on one of our beloved nitrox supplier this week, and with it, the keys to the deeper regions of our beloved LJS. Our group thought it appropriate to consume our final bottles of 32% on a worthy site, and we were not disappointed.
We found great visibility throughout the dive with a brilliant blue hue in the water column. My favorites critters were a teenie-baby tree fish, a lovely two-spotted octopus spread out on a kelp frond in the shallows, and a fragile rainbow star playing peek-a-boo with a scorpion fish.
Side Note: my newest toy, a Reefnet Sensus Ultra is proving to be a useful accessory. The dive profile data is a nice feedback on my dive performance plus I don't have to worry about leaving the sensus on my desk attached to my download cable, unlike my wrist mount dive computer.
I was joined by my good friends SnL this evening along with a new dive buddy Donovan Lang for a wonderful dive of the shores of La Jolla. I had hoped to see Brian F, but he was a no show.
Special thanks to Marla, who had planned on making the dive tonight, and agreed to bring my tanks down from the shop, but could not dive due to ear troubles :( we missed you.
After some slight delays, we finally ventured out into the 1-2' surf and kicked out just past the lifeguard tower buoy. Dropping down together into 25fsw, the viz was nice; clear enough in fact to notice SnL were having to equip issues (unfortuntately not all that uncommon these days). After confirming some trouble with Spencer, he indicated he and Laura would try and meet us near the point and waved adios.
Continuing on, my new buddy and I ventured forth down the 50' contour, past a painfully obvious thermocline at 30' and into the detritus patch. The water was so clear under the thermocline we could see from one side of the patch to the start of the wall. Had to be 30'+
Coaxing our way through the detritus, we scoped some horn sharks, Lions nudis and some pipe fish.
Continuing our way South/West we eventually eased our way up the slope and onto the wall, where I found my best find of the day, a Janolus barbarensis the size of kernal of corn.
Along the way out to the point, was bumped into a big male sheephead, a D. iris, and some Cuthona divae. No Cumanotus (rats).
To round things out we saw tons of crabs and shrimp and a few bat rays on the exit.
Overall a fantastic dive. I just wished SnL and Marla could have been there to see it.
Buddies: Kim, Neil (first time), Spencer N Laura (here to for to be known as SnL), John A, John L
Meeting in the main lot at 7 still offered a few parking spots up front, but was filling up fast.
The gang suited up in the morning drizzle after some chit chat and an introduction to our new buddy Neil who drove down from LA.
Dropping into ~40' we headed south/east along to 50' contour into the patch.
With modest viz, we were treated to some fantastic critters. The Melibes are still around but seem to be declining in numbers; we caught a few ‘in the act’. Also caught in the act were some large sized Navanax.
Dive 2 was right back to the same place. This time I was treated to a new nudi for me, Cumanotus (Thanks to Kim for sharing her always great finds).
5/16/2009 - How to fix Broken Links - MDL has a defect when posting links in entry...
So you say your having trouble with posting links on MyDivingLife. Me too.
Links get added as java(void).92432423908 blah and don't work?
The only fix I've found is to edit the link after posting.
Once posted, edit your entry.
In the edit window, Right click on the URL link and a small context menu will appear.
Click "Edit Link"
Copy the Link name and paste over the crappy URL java(void) junk
Two dives off Pt Loma late Friday afternoon aboard the Marissa. Carl and Brandon working the boat.
The first was at Broomtail Reef (40fsw). A site selected by the lone instructor (with one OW student) who required a site less than 40ft. Surge was heavy and the pictures are the proof. none worth posting.
The second dive was 7 fathoms and proved to be much more better.
An interesting and clearly visible thermocline was present at 75'. Surge was light.
After hearing some mediocre reports of conditions the day before, the crew decided to give it a go, unfortunately conditions sucked worse than expected.
Dropping into 41fsw, I quickly lost sight of everyone. The green muck was reminiscent of the soup I used to have as a lad at the Pea Soup Andersen's in Carlsbad. Thick and green. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now. yuck
We somehow managed to collect the group back together and head into the canyon. Snapping a few pictures along the way, we quickly found ourselves in 90fsw, straining to see anything through the green-particle-soup. Terry found a lovely Dendronotus sp, Kim found a cute mini-lobster/crab critter, and I found a rice-sized black dorid and an SD dorid laying eggs.
Location: Shores Main Wall
Max Depth: 21.0 meters (stoopid computer)
Bottom Time: 54 min
Viz Shallows: 5-10'
Viz Canyon: 15-20'
Temp: 11.7 C
Divers: Greg S; Bill P & Tracy
After coming up empty handed looking for Tuesday morning dive buddies, a little surfhopper informed me that Scuba Diving San Diego (Bill Powers' website/group) happened to have a dive scheduled for that exact time. Happy days.
After getting some early morning introductions out of the way, we suited up and headed into the water.
A fast southernly moving current took us from V street nearly to the boat launch. It lightened up the further we kicked out, but remained present through out much of the dive.
Expectations were low due to recent storm activity and bad viz reports, so after dropping into 12meters (darn computer reset to meters without me knowing, bad computer) we were not disappointed to find not-so-nice-viz (5-10').
However, as we finally crested the canyon wall and descended into the chilly depths we were treated to marvelous conditions (15-20') and abundant critters.
Starting from the south-side alcove where the large male Sheephead lives, we travelled north, around the point to just shy of the engine block w/chain. A nice 54 minutes of leisure diving. Highlight for me was enjoying the great viz.
There was an unusually large amounts of detritus on the shore and shallows during the exit, and consequently on the gear.