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    Dive Number Seven Off The Pacific Star – Bird Rock

    September 22, 2019*

    After breakfast, Captain Dave took us to the famous “Bird Rock.”

    There was a big debate among the divers whether “Bird Rock” should be called “Bird Island” since “Sutil Rock” is actually called “Sutil Island.”

    Again, I was the first diver off the boat.

    Elwood the DM waits for more divers.
    Elwood the DM waits for more divers.

    I descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #517

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Bird Rock, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 20-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 56 at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    I hit bottom at 42 feet and proceeded towards the island… I mean rock.

    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Kelp off of Bird Rock.
    Kelp off of Bird Rock.
    Bird rock.
    A lonely Sea Urchin.
    A lonely Sea Urchin.

    In 20 feet, I surfaced to get a close up of Bird Rock.

    Bird Rock up close.
    Bird Rock up close – that white stuff is not snow.

    I submerged again and went down the reefs to a maximum depth of 85 feet.

    Fish off of Bird Rock.
    Fish off of Bird Rock.
    An ancient beer bottle.
    An ancient beer bottle.
    Off of Bird Rock.

    There were various reef structures that you could swim through.

    Bird Rock kelp.
    Bird Rock.
    A swarm of fish off of Bird Rock.
    A swarm of fish.
    Reef structure.
    Reef structure.
    I found the boat!
    I found the boat!

    I made an easy exit and prepared for our last dive.

    Bird Rock.
    Bird Rock.
    None of the coolers have beer in them!
    None of the coolers have beer in them!
    We depart for our last dive.
    We depart for our last dive.

    Our last dive and recap, coming soon!

    *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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