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  • May 25, 2008

    Logged SCUBA Dive #285 – Old Marineland, Rancho Palos Verdes

    Long Point (aka The Old Marineland, Terranea Resort), Palos Verdes, California

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Small swells, almost as flat as a lake
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 50 minutes

    The weather has been really weird lately; there were tornados last week in Los Angeles county, the temperature has been very hot and then cooled rapidly over the last few days.

    It started to rain a bit at Long Point – this is not typical California weather.

    Two other divers were at Long Point; the lot was practically deserted.

    The other two went off the Point; since it was low tide, I decided to go off the Cove – I hate slipping on the rocks at the Point.

    Easy out; the water was 64 degrees!

    Me off the cove.

    Me, with Pigeon Shit Cave behind me.

    I swam to the rock jetty and submerged for a swim to 120 reef.

    A school of fish

    A school of bait.

    A starfish gives me the finger as I swim by..

    A starfish gives me the finger as I swim by.

    A Sunstar

    A Sunstar!

    A colorful reef.

    Can you see the Halibut?

    Can you see the Halibut?

    Me upon exit.

    I slightly banged my knee getting out, but it was an uneventful exit.

    The vis probably would have been better if it was sunny.

    The risks of being macho.

    The risks of being macho.

    The other two divers reported that “it was the best 10 foot vis dive we ever had; lots of fish and sea life.”

    Debriefing at Old Marineland

    Out comes the barbecue and beer; a few other divers who weren’t diving showed up to the debriefing.

    Cyber the attack dog likes punk rock.

    Cyber the attack dog likes punk rock.

    Debriefing lasted for a few hours.

    Another excellent, even though gloomy, day of diving in Southern California

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