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    Fourth Dive Off The Pacific Star – Sutil Island

    September 21, 2019*

    I fell asleep on the top deck of the Pacific Star, getting properly baked by the Sun.

    I woke up after hearing the announcement that the gates were open, and we were free to dive.

    Even though the last dive was great, I had no inclination to dive at that spot again, so I decided to rest some more…

    …until I noticed that they had actually moved the boat to Sutil Island.

    Sutil Island.
    Sutil Island.

    I geared up quickly, but was still one of the last divers overboard.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #514

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Sutil Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 45 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm
    Visibility: 25-50 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 78 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    I'm OK - or is that a symbol of hate?
    I’m OK – or is that a symbol of hate?
    Kelp forest off of Sutil Island.
    Kelp forest off of Sutil Island.
    Kelp forest off of Sutil Island.

    For whatever reason, this dive was a little bit spooky; I thought I saw divers in the distance, only to get closer and find out it was kelp waving in the current, and the light fluctuated depending on the thickness of the kelp on the surface.

    The spookiness did not translate to these photos, however.

    Another diver traverses the kelp maze.
    Another diver traverses the kelp maze.
    Sunshine through the kelp.
    Sunshine through the kelp.
    Fish in the kelp forest.
    Reefs, kelp and fish
    Garibaldi swim around the reefs off Sutil Island.
    Garibaldi swim around the reefs off Sutil Island.
    Garibaldi swim around the reefs off Sutil Island.
    A Bat Ray sleeps on the ocean floor.
    A Bat Ray sleeps on the ocean floor.

    Unlike my previous dives, where I could just listen for the boat, I actually had to surface to get my bearings back.

    I made it back to the Pacific Star without issue.

    Santa Barbara Island, from Sutil Island.
    Santa Barbara Island, from Sutil Island.
    Sutil Island.
    Sutil Island.

    Now, for dinner and the wait until our night dive.

    *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.

    1 Comment

    1. PSD – You’re back. All is right with the world again.
      Your loyal readers are looking forward to hearing about your macho life. I know some of your missions are classified, but even the the vague details you’re allowed to release on this website are of profound interest.
      Also, please resume posting your insider info on DUI checkpoints.
      I can’t believe the anti-Americans are coming after you for using the Ok-sign. You are the most open-minded, least racist person in So Cal, and you don’t deserve this criticism. Be strong and resist.
      Did you know that in socialist Europe the ok-sign means “You’re an a-hole”? Don’t ask me how I know.

      Comment by Joe R — September 30, 2019 @ 10:53 am

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