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    April 11, 2011

    How To Get Your Face And Thumb Bitten Off While SCUBA Diving

    I plan to finally get back in the water this coming Saturday, April 16th for the Divevet’s Easter Egg hunt.

    I’ve been trying to get my right ear to pop from the on going congestion that I’ve had, and have decided on a regimen of Sudafed and saline nasal spray to help.

    So, with that in mind, here is your weekly fluff to fill another post and let people know that I’m still alive and not in jail or the hospital.

    The following videos are not new, but the thing is, I just found them while doing a search for “dumb SCUBA diver” – something that I’ve only been called about a dozen or so times.

    When divers are in the water, the only time that they’re ever attacked is when marine creatures feel threatened – with the exception of maybe a test bite from a shark.

    I’ve been attacked by a Garibaldi diving Catalina – apparently, they attack if you’re to close to where they laid their eggs.

    Crazy Ivan was attacked by a red crab while lobster hunting off Cabrillo Beach a few years ago – remember that Crazy Ivan?

    But as I stated, these creatures who “attack,” attack with the perception of self defense.

    And then, there’s the dare devils and dumb asses…

    With that in mind, if you ever get so comfortable to where you’re going to hand feed eels or kiss sharks on the lips, you will eventually suffer the consequences.


    So here’s the question to be asked – Does an eel know when the food stops and the hand of the one who feeds it begins?

    To watch this video on click here.

    Do sharks ever look pretty enough to play with, let alone kiss?

    To watch this video on click here.

    After watching the above videos, I think that I may not be such a “psycho” diver after all.

    April 3, 2011

    Terranea Dive Report

    I’m still hiding out up in Santa Monica, but was dragged in to work at 2:30 AM; when I left at 9 AM I decided to stop by Old Marineland to make a cameo appearance.

    Reports from yesterday said that conditions sucked, so I wasn’t really expecting many, if any, divers.

    Bringing a snack tray and a 12 pack of the King Of Beers, I was quite surprised to see at least six familiar divers’ vehicles.

    Apparently, the County of Los Angeles made Terranea Resort officially “close” the trail down to the Cove (i.e. “The Sandy Beach”) due to storm damage and safety reasons, but the obstacles are easily bypassed and nobody seems to care if you’re on the trail.

    Conditions on the surface looked like the diving sucked.

    Most of the regular divers had made an exit, but the group was waiting for the remaining divers coming in from 120 reef.

    The shore was getting hit occasionally with some pretty nasty looking waves, so I grabbed my camera and filmed their exits.

    As Military Bob told me later, “When I see PSD on shore with his camera, I take my time getting out; I don’t want to wind-up on YouTube.”

    Everybody made a boring exit, thank God.

    However, a diver did drop his fin; if you find it, call the number written on it and offer to sell it back to him.

    The shoreline has been rearranged by the recent storms

    The shoreline has been rearranged by the recent storms – there is quite a ridge between the rocks and the sand.

    Nothing like climbing a sand dune in SCUBA gear!

    Dennis G. and Donna The Hot Biker Chick.

    Dennis G. and Donna The Hot Biker Chick.

    Well, the consensus report is, “the diving sucked,” but nobody expressed any regret getting wet.

    Not New Chris did his due diligence to capture the dive on video:

    To view this video on YouTube, click here.

    Traditional debriefing followed.

    The Easter Egg dive is coming up on April 16th; I’m hoping to get back in the water by then as I am still congested from the cold that never goes away.

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