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  • April 5, 2009

    Sunday Services At Malaga Cove

    Logged SCUBA Dive #339

    Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Dove With Reverend Al

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1500 psi
    Max depth: 21 feet
    Waves: Slight rolling waves, but pretty flat on the surface
    Visibility: 5 to 10 feet in some spots but silty
    Temperature: 56 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 40 minutes

    I checked out Honeymoon Cove expecting the displaced Old Marineland divers to be there, but the only one who showed up was Reverend Al.

    Conditions apparently sucked all along the hill yesterday, so maybe word had gotten out?

    Al and I checked Christmas Tree Cove; both Honeymoon and Christmas Tree looked descent and diveable, but the question was posed, “How much work do you want to do today?”

    Both coves have long goat trails leading to the water.

    Considering the trails down and the fact that Malaga Cove has more sea life, we headed over there.

    Malaga Cove was pretty flat and you could see the submerged rocks in the shallows – it was a no brainer, “Let’s do the dive.”

    Reverend Al off of Malaga Cove.

    After an uneventful entrance and surface swim, Reverend Al and I submerged in 15 feet of water.

    We headed towards Flat Rock before turning around to head back for a beach exit.

    A deadly horn shark off of Malaga Cove.

    A deadly horn shark off of Malaga Cove.

    Reverend Al collects a perfect rock for his aquarium.

    Reverend Al collected a perfect rock for his aquarium.

    The specimen is bagged and tagged.

    The specimen is bagged and tagged.

    There were some patches of decent visibility today.

    There were some patches of decent visibility today.

    A horn shark patrols Malaga Cove.

    A horn shark patrols Malaga Cove.

    The sunlight and the shallow depths made for an OK dive, despite the silt in the water.

    The sunlight and the shallow depths made for an OK dive, despite the silt in the water.

    As we got closer to the sandy beach, the visibility went down to only a few feet and the surge was tremendously annoying.

    We ascended right by a fishing boat and made a surface swim to the beach to avoid the underwater surge.

    We ascended right by a fishing boat and made a surface swim to the beach to avoid the underwater surge.

    We finally met FrankPro1 and SPKelpDiver from the Divevets’ board; they were heading in, as we were coming out.

    Not So New Chris had finished his dive and was in the parking lot; he remarked, “Those horn sharks must have an awfully good night life because all of them were sleeping.”

    Low key debriefing ensued for a bit.

    I have my diving fill in for the next few days.

    2 Comments

    1. Merry and I went out to the Olympic II and a couple of nearby sites. The best we saw was a dirty ten feet, but six feet was average. Ross found a patch of 40 feet vis between White Point and Abalone Cove. Jim Lyle reported a murky ten feet off Marineland. I guess it’s all Location, Location, Location…:(

      Comment by Phil Garner — April 6, 2009 @ 7:04 am

    2. Glad to finally meet you Psycho. I would have liked to debrief with you an Rev. AL, but as things went we were a bit off on the timing. Next time, we will def. have to knock back a few.

      Comment by FrankPro1 — April 7, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

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