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    July 21, 2009

    Giant Squid Attack In San Diego

    SAN DIEGO – Thousands of jumbo flying squid — aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles — have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

    Giant squid attacks divers in San Diego.

    The carnivorous calamari, which can grow up to 100 pounds, came up from the depths last week and swarms of them roughed up unsuspecting divers. Some divers report tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear.

    Stories of too-close encounters with the alien-like cephalopods have chased many veteran divers out of the water and created a whirlwind of excitement among the rest, who are torn between their personal safety and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with the deep-sea giants.

    The so-called Humboldt squid are native to the deep waters off Mexico, where they have been known to attack humans and are nicknamed “red devils” for their rust-red coloring and mean streak. Those who dive with them there chum the water with bait and sometimes get in a metal cage or wear chain mail to avoid being lashed by tentacles.

    “I wouldn’t go into the water with them for the same reason I wouldn’t walk into a pride of lions on the Serengeti,” said Mike Bear, a local diver. “For all I know, I’m missing the experience of a lifetime.”

    The complete article can be found here.

    An MSN video about these squid can be found here.

    July 19, 2009

    Palos Verdes Diving Conditions

    I’ve been dry for several weeks due to personal issues and heavy congestion, but I did manage to drop by Terranea Resort to see some old friends.

    According to Reverend Al, Honeymoon Cove looked pretty green; conditions off of 120 reef yesterday were “arms length visibility.”

    Reverend Al and his group carefully ventured off The Point.

    Al and his group carefully ventured off The Point; aside from one of the divers getting disoriented, heading back to shore, all made it out with little trouble.

    I talked with a couple who had just come out of the water; they reported “12 feet in some areas.”

    Terranea Resort touts what we do here.

    Terranea Resort touts what we do here.

    I walked around the grounds of the Terranea Resort.

    Furniture on the porch gives the resort that “South Central Los Angeles” or “Compton” feel.

    Furniture on the porch gives the resort that “South Central Los Angeles” or “Compton” feel.

    So, there is a Catalina Room here, again.

    So, there is a Catalina Room here, again.

    The Terranea Hotel;  the restauant and pool are just outside.

    The Terranea Hotel; the restauant and pool are just outside.

    A lot of nondiving drama is going on in my life right now, so posts will be sporadic the next month or so; but please keep sending in those donations!

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