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    The Lobster God’s Revenge – Second Lobster Dive Of The Night

    October 2, 2013

    If you didn’t read the last post of our first dive, it would pay off if you did before reading this.

    We were debating on where to go.

    The only thing that we agreed on is that the last spot was the shittiest lobster dive we had ever done – there was one lobster on the boat with eight divers.

    Some wanted to go to some spots in Palos Verdes, others wanted to stalk the hoop netters (their spots, NOT raid their nets), some wanted to try the break wall.

    Somewhere off of Hermosa, there is an artificial reef made up of construction pipes.

    The final decision was to try there.

    After a 15 minute ride, again, the boat was trolling, spinning, turning, speeding up, slowing down…

    I remarked, “Why do I have a feeling that this dive is gonna be just like the last.”

    Mirek high-fived me.

    Again, the instructions were, “Go East to the structure.”

    I was the first one off the boat and descended down the anchor line.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #452

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    Secret Location: 54 68 65 20 72 65 65 66 20 6f 66 20 63 65 6d 65 6e 74 20 70 69 70 65 73 20 6f 66 66 20 6f 66 20 42 65 61 75 74 69 66 75 6c 20 42 65 61 63 68 2e
    Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Slightly choppy
    Visibility: 10 feet to shit
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 73 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes or so

    Once I hit bottom, the first thing I realized was that the visibility was sort of shitty – 10 feet at best.

    I came across the “structure” – it looked like concrete sewer and drainage pipes that were dumped either as an artificial reef, or for a lazy contractor’s convenience.

    Honestly, it was some interesting structure, but when you’re looking for lobster, it was like swimming through a ghost town.

    Nobody was home.

    All the little indentations, all the holes didn’t possess one lobster.

    I continued swimming East and made it over sand and sea feathers.

    Another diver, later identified as Mirek, was about 15 feet to my left.

    I’m swimming over sand and sea feathers in 10 foot visibility at best; I was frustrated and about to turn around until my light shined on of the biggest lobster tails I had ever seen.


    I didn’t want to hesitate, but I usually blow all the air out of my lungs while I’m going for a pin, however, I took a breathe right when my left hand pinned the carapace.

    It was like putting my hand on a wall!

    I tried using one of my Jiu Jitsu moves with my leg to pin the tail, but the breath I took made me too buoyant and the bug went backwards and escaped through my legs, slapping me in the nuts with it’s tail in the process.

    I was in 60 feet of water, recovering from the monster lobster hitting me in the balls – his way of saying, “Fuck you bitch, I ain’t this big by being a pussy.”

    Oh, man! I wanted to cry so bad.

    The bragging rights, the lobster meat, the pictures … I fucked up – my chance was gone.

    I should have taken just a few more seconds to plan the pin a little better.

    Maybe I should go look for him in this great visibility?

    Yeah, right.

    I had 1,000 psi left, I turned around and headed back to the boat.

    Upon hitting the structure again, I caught one bug – it was short, and therefore released unharmed.

    Defeated, depressed, humiliated, bruised and sore I made my way slowly to the surface.

    I had a short swim back to the boat; I was the first one back on.

    I told the Captain, “There was one huge bug down there, but it got away.”

    Now, I had a fear that since it was weakened by our confrontation, maybe someone else caught it?

    Again, the divers slowly started coming back to the boat.

    Chris G. caught one bug, fairly good sized.

    Again, we were waiting on Mirek, who surfaced about 100 yards away.

    Debriefing started…


    The King Of Beers

    Why we didn’t pull anchor and get him, I’m not sure.

    Mirek caught another one – he had 66% of the bugs caught on this boat – eight divers, three lobsters total.

    Dan, Mirek and me all have a lobster rivalry going…

    Mirek is the bug champ.
    Mirek has proven that he is the current Lobster King.

    The thing that really sucks for me, is that Dan and I both got skunked – so we are equals.

    On the ride back, Kathy M. (who apparently is not a hunter, just a “spotter”) remarked, “We saw this huge lobster just limping on the sand, but I couldn’t point it out to Chris because he was too far ahead of us.”

    I’m taking a hunting break for a week while I put my balls on ice.

    Parking lot debriefing.

    Traditional parking lot debriefing took place; all wrapped up by midnight.


    1. Word on the street is that Dan returned to the boat with one, but in a jealous rage you threw it overboard. Thus preserving your “tie.”

      Comment by Chipper — October 3, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    2. There was no jealous rage. I believe he was narced. It was a leather boot, just trash. It is illegal to bring an undersized lobster to the boat, so he was lucky.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — October 3, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    3. Your perverse attempt at recreation I think is based on ignorance, and not blatant sadistic behavior. At least we should hope so. Please allow me to share some facts with you.

      Lobsters look very different from humans, so it’s hard for us to imagine how they perceive the world. For example, lobsters “smell” chemicals in the water with their antennae, and they “taste” with sensory hairs along their legs. But in many ways, lobsters aren’t so different from us.

      Like humans, lobsters have a long childhood and an awkward adolescence. Just like us they also carry their young for nine months and can live to be more than 100 years old.

      Like dolphins and many other animals, lobsters use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and establish social relationships. They take long-distance seasonal journeys and can cover 100 miles or more each year (the equivalent of a human walking from Maine to Florida)—assuming that they manage to avoid the millions of traps set along the coasts. Sadly, many lobsters don’t survive their most formidable predator … humans. More than 20 million are consumed each year in the United States alone.

      Contrary to claims made by seafood sellers, scientists have determined that lobsters, like all animals, can feel pain. Also, when kept in tanks, they may suffer from stress associated with confinement, low oxygen levels, and crowding. Most scientists agree that a lobster’s nervous system is quite sophisticated. Neurobiologist Tom Abrams says lobsters have “a full array of senses.”

      Lobsters may feel even more pain than we would in similar situations. According to invertebrate zoologist Jaren G. Horsley, “The lobster does not have an autonomic nervous system that puts it into a state of shock when it is harmed. It probably feels itself being cut. … I think the lobster is in a great deal of pain from being cut open … [and] feels all the pain until its nervous system is destroyed” during cooking.

      Anyone who has ever boiled a lobster alive knows that when dropped into scalding water, lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. In the journal Science, researcher Gordon Gunter described this method of killing lobsters as “unnecessary torture.”

      PETA has consulted with many marine biologists about the least cruel way to kill a lobster. While the experts couldn’t seem to agree on which method would cause the least suffering, they do agree that there really is no humane way to kill these sensitive and unusual animals.

      Comment by Earth Loving Hippy Chick — October 4, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    4. Until they make eating “earth loving hippy chicks” legal I’ll stick to lobster.

      Comment by Chipper — October 4, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    5. I appreciate the scientific facts about lobster feelings above from PETA girl. Let’s realize that what animals do to other animals (eating each other alive) is way worse than what humans do to them. I don’t hear anyone complaining about that. Who cares if they can feel the pain of being boiled? They aren’t humans. They don’t have the same rights we do.

      Comment by Benji — October 7, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    6. Thank you everyone for reading this blog and the comments. To Earth Loving Hippy Chick, thank you for your detailed ramblings, and thank you for not writing it in all caps.

      How old are you? Please send some pics. Maybe I will invite you over for dinner – steak and lobster? PSD

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — October 8, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    7. Every bug season I wait for PETA freak to chime in, always pure comedy. Get over it, humans kill and eat animals, just like lions, tigers, birds, foxes, fishes, sharks, bears etc…….. Go ahead and focus on animal abuse like the puppy that is thrown in the backyard pen, beaten then neglected until it starves. I will even give you money for that, please stop trying to take away the hunting and fishing rights of citizens, that is what you guys are really after. I urge everyone to look at these groups like PETA and Humane Society before giving them a dime as they are taking millions in donations and putting it towards things like MLPA and anti hunting and fishing. OH yeah, I never put live lobsters in boiling water, I rip their tails off first and then cook the tail.

      Comment by halibug — October 8, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    8. PSD-That’s not what I meant by legal to eat( 18+)…I meant cook and eat. But I like your style.

      Comment by Chipper — October 8, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    9. Have some empathy For the lobster silly!

      Comment by Ben — December 1, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

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