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    July 14, 2014

    Diving The Yukon Off The Pacific Swann

    July 12, 2014

    I was offered a deal that I could not refuse – the last spot on a six-pack diving boat on a trip to the Yukon and Ruby E wrecks.

    Financing and a ride to San Diego was arranged thanks to Mean Bob of Divevets.

    Bob was due to pick me up at 6 AM; I got news that a very close relative has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at 5:30 AM.

    There was nothing I could do about it, and if I cancelled at the last minute, all it would do was free me up for an early drinking binge.

    Bob picked me up four minutes early and we made the hour and a half drive to San Diego with no issues.

    Donna the Hot Biker Chick was surprised to see me – we had kept me going a secret as we were afraid she would have cancelled.

    The Pacific Swann is a fairly small, but comfortable six-pack diving boat operated by a cool guy named Jeff.

    Kasia, Mike and Donna
    Kasia, Mike C and Donna The Hot Biker Chick

    Dan and Mean Bob
    Dan and Mean Bob

    Rough seas
    Rough seas and big swells made the trip to the wreck pretty macho – the non-macho became seasick.

    Another boat.
    Another boat was already on one of the markers.

    I was the first one off, Donna the second; we were getting sort of impatient waiting on the others, so we decided to head down first.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #469

    Dove with Donna The Hot Biker Chick

    The Yukon Wreck
    San Diego, CA USA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 98 feet
    Waves: Choppy on the surface
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes

    Going down
    Heading down the line.

    Visibility wasn’t that great, and it was dark, but we could see.

    White sea anemone
    White sea anemones?

    Diving the Yukon
    Looking up.

    Diving the Yukon
    Fish along the hull.

    Diving the Yukon
    Donna the Hot Biker Chick examines the sea growth.

    Diving the Yukon
    Kelp along the top deck.

    Diving the Yukon
    A Marine died on this wreck a few months ago – an American and Marine flag had been placed there in memory.

    Amazingly, we found the mooring line that we went down on, and made a slow return to the surface.

    Coming soon! Our next dive on the Ruby E.

    July 7, 2014

    Man Bitten By Shark Off Of Manhattan Beach

    Apparently, a Great White shark was hooked by an angler off the Manhattan Beach Pier, wiggled free and was so pissed, the shark bit a nearby swimmer as payback.

    Here’s some local coverage:

    July 5, 2014

    MANHATTAN BEACH ( — A male swimmer was attacked by a Great White Shark Saturday off Manhattan Beach.

    After being initially reported in critical condition, Steven Robles, 50, is now in stable condition at UCLA Harbor Medical Center, authorities said.

    While lifeguards estimated the shark to be 7-feet long, LA County Sheriff’s flying overhead in Sheriff’s Helicopter 8 said they believed the creature was 10-feet long.

    Robles was bitten just before 9:30 a.m. near the Manhattan Beach Pier, authorities said.

    A video was captured, in which a man can seemingly be heard yelling at swimmers to get out of the water, following the attack. In the video, the man can be heard shouting, “It already bit someone!”

    Lifeguards treated Robles for lacerations and puncture wounds on the beach.

    The original article is here: Man Attacked By Great White Shark Off Manhattan Beach

    The attack was caught on camera. Notice how everything was funny until they realized someone got bitten:

    Great White Shark Attack CAUGHT on CAMERA

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