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    September 25, 2019

    Second Dive Off The Pacific Star At Santa Barbara Island

    September 21, 2019*

    It was decided that we would stay at the Rookery for our second dive because of the vicious Sea Lion encounters.

    Having been a cage fighter in training for several years, I was not scared.

    During our surface interval, there were some reconnaissance Sea Lions that scouted our activity.

    Again, I was the first diver off the boat, and swam towards the pack of vicious Sea Lions that had gathered for their next attack.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #512

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    The Rookery, Santa Barbara Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Slight Chop, but pretty calm
    Visibility: 15-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 76 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    I swam through the kelp forest.
    I swam through the kelp forest.
    Vicious Sea Lions wait to attack.
    Vicious Sea Lions wait to attack.
    Sea Lion Attacks!
    “Give me your money white boy!”
    Sea Lion Attacks!
    “You think we’re joking?”
    Sea Lion Attacks!
    “Seriously?
    Sea Lion Attacks!
    “Give us your fucking wallet!”
    More Sea Lions joined their mob, but there were too many divers.
    More Sea Lions joined their mob, but there were too many divers for us to be intimidated.
    The vicious Sea Lions photo bombed other divers.
    The vicious Sea Lions photo-bombed other divers.
    Sea Lion Attacks!
    “WE AIN’T PLAYIN’ AROUND!”

    After about 35 minutes of fighting off Sea Lion attacks, I started to make my way back to the boat.

    I started to make my way back .
    I started to make my way back .
    A Bat Ray sleeps... or just rests?
    A Bat Ray sleeps… or just rests?

    The boat was not far, the Marine Police were never called – snitches get stitches – and I made my way back from another dive of cheating death.

    Back on the boat.
    Back on the boat.
    The Peace Dive Boat was spotted.
    The Peace Dive Boat was spotted.
    All divers made it back alive, so we headed to our next diving spot.
    All divers made it back alive, so we headed to our next diving spot.
    Lunch is served!
    Lunch is served!
    Tacos!  And the guacamole was not an extra charge!
    Tacos! And the guacamole was not an extra charge!

    We anchored at the South-East Kelp forest for our third dive.

    More to come, so stay tuned!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

    September 24, 2019

    First Dive – Santa Barbara Island Off The Pacific Star

    September 21, 2019*

    Sunrise off Santa Barbara Island.
    Sunrise Off Of Santa Barbara Island

    I awoke to the boat moving with the engines still on… so I thought.

    Yes, the boat was moving with the slight swells, and yes, the generator was on, but there we were, anchored off of Santa Barbara Island at a place called “The Rookery.”

    After a great breakfast of bacon and eggs with coffee, I started to get ready for my first dive.

    The Rookery Off Of Santa Barbara Island
    The Rookery Off Of Santa Barbara Island

    When I turned my air on, air was heard leaking out from my first stage.

    Fuck! This again!

    I just had to get my wrench and tighten down one of my hoses, but I got some strange looks when I was working on my regulator.

    Elwood the Divemaster gave the dive briefing and asked if anyone needed a buddy… everyone was fine.

    I was number one on the roster and number one off the boat.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #511

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    The Rookery, Santa Barbara Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Slight Chop, but pretty calm
    Visibility: 15-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 61 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 47 minutes

    I submerged and swam North-West through a myriad of kelp.

    Kelp Forest Off Of Santa Barbara Island
    Kelp Forest Off Of Santa Barbara Island
    Kelp, fish and reefs of the Rookery, Santa Barbara Island
    Kelp, fish and reefs of the Rookery, Santa Barbara Island

    Conditions last week were reported to be “green and shitty;” this is obviously a big improvement.

    A sheephead off of Santa Barbara Island
    A sheephead off of Santa Barbara Island

    It was a very nice uneventful dive, until, out of nowhere, I was maliciously and deliberately attacked by a Sea Lion…

    Sea Lion Attack!
    Sea Lion Attack!
    A Sea Lion goes for the kill!
    A Sea Lion goes for the kill!

    The Sea Lion encounter can be watched on YouTube: Training Tiny The Sea Lion To Attack

    I heard the boat, and made an easy return…

    The Pacific Star as seen from underwater.
    The Pacific Star as seen from underwater.
    Approaching the swim step.
    Approaching the swim step.

    I surfaced right at the swim step and after a slight struggle getting my fins off, crawled back onto the boat.

    Divers return from the first dive.
    Divers return from the first dive.

    More dives to come! Stay tuned!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

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