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  • March 27, 2005

    Logged Dive #109, Lion’s Head, Catalina, CA

    Easter Day Diving Off The Bottom Scratcher Boat
    Lion’s Head, Catalina, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet and some change
    Waves: 0
    Visibility: 35 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold at 100 feet
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    After an hour surface interval, I did my second dive, bringing my camera.

    I went back to look for a giant sheep crab that I had seen.

    I didn’t find it, but I had gotten so deep, that I decided to hit 100 feet.

    I posed a few times with my gauges.

    My camera had problems working; the flash didn’t work sometimes and I couldn’t hear the camera advance.

    Me at 100 feet!  I’m so macho!

    But after a few tries, I took a self portrait of me at 100 feet.

    I’m soooo macho!

    I was sort of pissed; I paid $40 for the camera and housing and after two years the thing is starting to go on me!

    I fumbled around with my camera for a few minutes and then headed up to shallower depth.

    I saw a bat ray or a shovel nosed guitarfish that in my narced state, thought was a diver in trouble.

    It just looked surreal, like a scene from a weird movie – a diver struggling in kelp turns into a fish!

    It was distant and I really do need glasses, but it looked like a diver screaming for help underwater – really weird!

    Staying at 40 to 50 feet for the rest of the dive, I squeezed the rest of my air to a 45-minute total dive.

    More kelp!

    Two divers from Kansas ended up getting caught in the current; they were thrown a current line from the boat and hauled in with the help of several divers on board.

    Bubba the chase boat wasn’t feeling well today.

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