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    March 21, 2004

    Logged Dive #33 Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, CA

    Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, CA

    Dove with Nick (Photos By Nick)
    Malaga Cove
    We met at 8 AM.

    The waves were one foot at best.

    We met one diver who was scouting the conditions.

    He gave us some advise on the area.

    We went off the rocks just as the path down ends.

    It was very uncomfortable for me; I had a leak in my mask so it was half filled with water running up my nose.

    The further I got out, I didn’t see it getting any deeper; it’s very shallow for a long way.

    Nick did excellent on his first rock entry.

    Nick checked my tank at my request; the latch had come lose on entry.

    Rossler Pool From The Water
    The Old Rossler Pool From The Water

    Me Off Of Malaga Cove.
    Me Off Of Malaga Cove.

    We went out a ways parallel to the pool (the old Rossler pool).

    When we submerged we were no deeper than 15 feet.

    Max depth for the entire dive was 20 feet.

    Sand Shark Preparing To Attack Off Of Malaga Cove

    Me On The Hunt!  I’m So Macho!

    Cororful Malaga Cove Reef

    Kelp was scarce, but the bottom is one big reef.

    I didn’t see many big fish, but I saw several sand sharks and many lobsters (at least seven).

    A lobster hides during the day.

    THIS IS THE PLACE FOR LOBSTERS!

    We surfaced once because I couldn’t understand Nick’s hand signals; he wanted to know which way was the shore.

    Shore was to the South-East.

    We swam around for almost 45 minutes underwater.

    A shark ready to attack!

    Another shark ready to attack!

    I was hesitant to shoot any fish because I didn’t know if the many bottom dwelling sharks were vegetarian.

    Yeah, sitting is hard to do weightless!

    A crab attacks!

    A crab attacks!

    We came up farther out than our entry.

    We went ashore next to the pool where it looked like the rocks were smaller.

    Nick did great.

    He said, “I’m not afraid of rocks anymore.”

    In with: 2800 psi
    Out with: 300 psi
    Maximum depth: 20 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water temperature: 58 degrees F, according to Nick’s thermometer.

    March 19, 2004

    Logged Dive #32 Moss Street, Laguna Beach, CA

    Moss Street, Laguna Beach, CA

    Dove with Nick (Photos By Nick)

    When we were at the dive shop, we asked where was a good place to go hunting.

    The guy said, “Nowhere. Your grandfather shot all the fish.”

    He then recommended Moss street.

    Panaramic Of Moss Street
    Moss Street is about 15 minutes South of the dive shop.
    The Walk Down The Stairs
    Moss street looks similar to Shaw’s Cove.

    Facing the cove from the water, the shore is North East, slightly leaning to North.

    The look ashore from Shaw’s Cove
    I think we entered the water close to noon.

    We swam out to where the dive shop recommended.

    It’s the far reef that actually stuck out occasionally depending on the waves.

    It was very choppy.

    Nick said he was concerned going out because of the occasional rocks that the bottom is strewn with.

    Visability was 10-15 feet and soupy.

    A reef off of Shaw’s Cove

    Abundant Sea Life Off Of Shaw’s Cove

    Me On The Hunt

    Grass and kelp were present. The reef is rather large but in very shallow water. Our maximum depth was 25 feet.

    Releasing A Lobster Out Of Season

    We saw several lobsters and even released one that was caught in an abandoned lobster trap.
    Shooting A Sheephead Before It Could Attack!
    I finally started to see some decent sized fish.

    I shot a female Sheephead, 12 inches in length.

    After that, it was harder to catch fish.

    We did some exploring, some photography and hunting.

    We came up with 900 psi.

    Getting ashore was rough; I had one hand free, a fish hanging from me and got slightly twisted coming in navigating the sparse rocks.

    I lost my lobster gauge again.

    Nick made it in fine.

    In with: 2600 psi
    Out with: 900 psi
    Waves: Two feet and choppy
    Maximum depth: 25 feet
    Water temperature: 60 degrees F plus or minus
    Visibility: 10-15 feet and soupy

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