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    November 25, 2004

    Logged Dive #92 The Old Marineland, RPV, CA

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    My second annual Thanksgiving Day Solo Dive!

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 100 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1 foot, rolling swells
    Visibility: 20 feet, excellent, you could snorkel around the kelp
    Water Temperature: Felt sort of cold
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    I was rather drunk last night.

    I woke up around 6 AM, but hadn’t figured out whether Nick wanted to dive this morning, so I called him at 6:45 to confirm a “No.”

    Oh well, I took my time getting there and was in the water by 10:20 AM.

    It was around high tide.

    I tried the one-fin on approach, but figured out really quickly that walking through the surf zone and putting my fins on in the water is much better.

    I went to the East side of the cove and swam in the shallow kelp looking for lobsters.

    Not seeing any lobster at 15-20 feet, I proceeded South.

    I found THE lobster trap.

    The last dive I reported that it was rusted out, but we had stumbled upon a different trap.

    How to get to THE trap:

    When you’ve reached the tip of the rocky point off of Pigeon Shit cave (the rock that’s sitting on the point outside of pigeon shit cave) that touches the right side of the indentation to the right of the cave.

    The trap is in 40 feet of water.

    I noticed that someone had baited the trap with broken sea urchins and what looked like a few scoops of peanut butter.

    The trap was tied shut with fishing line.

    I laughed because Sheephead were making a feast of the bait in the trap.

    Anyway, I left heading 140 degrees on my compass; I came up just South East of he point off of pigeon shit cave.

    I swam in, mostly on the surface at that time.

    I sucked my tank almost dry, but walked out.

    Dennis G and his buddy Al were there.

    I also met “Greg” who does boat scrapping for a living.

    We talked for about an hour; Dennis and Al went back for a second dive.

    I’ll be back to check on the lobster trap and hopefully report whoever has baited the thing.

    November 20, 2004

    Logged Dive #91 The Old Marineland, Palos Verdes, CA

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Dove With Nick

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-3 feet
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    We met at 7:40 AM.

    Nobody except the security guards, who were guarding the movie set, were there.

    A few fishermen showed up as we were gearing up.

    We went off the cove.

    We had an experimental lobster hunting kit with us to study whether or not some urban legends about lobster hunting are true.

    If we were to catch a lobster using this kit, we would turn it lose and record our findings.

    We were determined to find the abandoned lobster trap.

    We ran across a few lobsters backed in to some crevices, but Nick had lost the peanut butter.

    What we were supposed to do with it, we weren’t sure.

    We concentrated our lobstering efforts in 35-40 feet of water slightly East off of Pigeon Shit cave.

    Nick came across a lobster and grabbed it freehand!

    It was legal size!

    Nick’s first legally caught lobster!

    The “second kelp bed” has long since disappeared.

    But, we did run across the lobster trap!

    It has become a corroded pile of rusted wire; it’s not usable.

    We exited with no problem; fins off, walked ashore.

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