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    August 7, 2016

    Sunday Diving, Lobster Prep and Dead Bodies

    It’s two months before lobster season, and I have made reservations to go on the Bottom Scratcher on Opening night.

    I was told it will be limited to 25 divers, and the boat will move to three different locations, unlike the fiasco in 2005 when most everyone got skunked because the boat anchored in one spot the entire night; read about that night here.

    There was quite a turnout this morning – a very rare sight lately.

    It was decided to go off the Point since it was so flat and the Cove looked milky.

    Chipper showed up, either hung over or still drunk from the previous night.

    One of the Terranea workers jokingly told Chipper and I, “Watch out for those mermaids down there.”

    Chipper replied, “Yeah, I’m hoping to get a hand job from one of them.”

    When she left, Chipper continued, “That will teach her to speak out of line.”

    We all geared up and made a very easy entrance off the Point…

    Entering the Point.

    We swam out…

    Self Portrait.

    …and dropped near the Statue…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #498

    Dove with Chipper and others

    The Point, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 10 feet, maybe 15 in some places
    Water Temperature: 69 degrees on the surface, 59 at depth
    Air Temperature: 70 degrees, overcast
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    Going Down

    It took me a while to get down, but I made it.

    Swimming along.

    I followed the group to the Statue…

    The statue
    Our Lady Of The Garden

    A nice reef.

    Following a diver.

    We started our heading to the Cove.

    Through the kelp.

    I think we headed shallower than normal; there was some considerable surge and I literally ran into some other divers who I didn’t know were around.

    Through the surge.

    A sea hare.
    Sea Hares are a common sight now.

    Chipper Pukes
    Chipper puked underwater before surfacing to puke some more.

    I have decided to award Chipper the Macho Diver Of The Weekend award for his 300 mile dive commute and diving while hungover.

    A family of Sea Hares.
    A family of Sea Hares.

    I had to surface and correct course at least once, but everyone made an easy exit at the Cove.

    Traditional debriefing ensued.

    Sea Shell Score!
    Reverend Al inspects his score of sea shells.

    Group Shot
    Today’s Diving Crew!

    Next week, I’m bringing my barbecue – it’s time we start traditions again!

    Professional Debriefer Paul later brought to my attention that two bodies were found in San Pedro: Two bodies found at base of cliff in San Pedro

    June 30, 2016

    The Rotting Dolphin Project

    I wasn’t able to get on a boat this month, so yes, I have remained dry.

    I feel as though I have gained a few pounds, so I hope I can still fit into my wet suit when I finally get back into the water.

    Anyway, I came across a sort of bizarre article about a guy who obtained a dead dolphin and then sunk it to the bottom of the ocean to document its decomposition.

    Eddie Kisfaludy, a marine biologist and National Geographic grantee, received a call from a guy who found a dead dolphin that was washed up on shore.

    Instead of throwing the dolphin in the trash, it was re-purposed for his experiment.

    A SCUBA Diver

    According to the article, the dolphin was placed at a “shallow” 180 feet where the rotting corpse created a whole new mini-ecosystem.

    A rotting Dolphin

    As strange as this world has been lately, Kisfaludy has been given credit as the first guy to ever document the underwater decomposition of a dolphin.

    A rotting Dolphin

    The entire article, with a short video, can be found here: Filming a Time-Lapse of a Dolphin Carcass on the Seafloor is No Easy Task

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