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    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.

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