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    March 18, 2007

    Logged Dive #226 – Last Chance For Lobster

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 2-3 feet, swoopy
    Visibility: 5-8 feet, silty
    Water Temperature: Cold for me, 55 degrees Fahrenheit?
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    It was sort of overcast.

    No Reverend Al, but about 10 Divevet groupies were there.

    I went off the cove, making a very sloppy entrance where I front dragged over some rocks.

    I went to the right hoping to get one last lobster before the season ends Wednesday.

    Vis sort of sucked.

    I got lost and noticed that I was really shallow in the middle of some surge.

    I surfaced and noticed I was being washed ashore.

    I submerged and made a made scramble out of the surf zone.

    I toured some reefs, at least what I saw of them.

    Most of the dive was spent looking at sand, similar to Redondo Beach.

    I was trying to find something interesting.

    I came across the pier pilings coming in.

    Out with no problems, but I made sort of a sloppy exit.

    I reassured some fishermen, that yes there are fish down there.

    I debriefed for a while.

    Some would-be divers canceled their dive because of the shitty reports.

    March 9, 2007

    Logged Dive #225 – Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver

    Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver With The Divevets

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 68 69 6c 6c 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 67 72 65 65 6e 20 74 72 65 65 73 2c 20 6a 75 73 74 20 4e 6f 72 74 68 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 20 77 69 74 68 20 61 20 6d 61 72 2e

    Solo Diving/night diving

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Choppy
    Visibility: 10 feet or so
    Water Temperature: 53 degrees Fahrenheit
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes
    Notable Event: My mind was messing with me, I think.

    Dan and his buddy brought back bugs last dive, so it was decided to move the boat where they had the luck.

    We kept it shallow because Jim P’s computer didn’t turn on last dive.

    I was the first overboard and immediately submerged.

    It was a kelp forest and I searched and searched.

    I was pretty fucking cold.

    I saw a few obviously short lobsters.

    I came across one – it looked good, so I pinned it and bagged it.

    The bug kept swimming in my bag, really fighting!

    I think it knew how to crawl out of a bag; it was waiting at the top for me to open it.

    It was starting to look grim for another catch, so I surfaced to look for the boat.

    On the surface, I felt something tug on my leg, hit my leg.

    I thought it was a seal, or sea lion.

    I thought I saw something swim by and then I felt something hit me.

    I started to freak out.

    What the fuck?

    Nothing had ever hit me before in the water.

    I secured my lobster bag as I swam to some kelp and got caught.

    My snorkel slipped off, but I caught it and put it in my bag.

    I swam towards the boat, breathing off my regulator.

    I was scared, but to this day, I don’t exactly know what happened.

    My lobster could have been fighting; I could have been hit by kelp or even a shallow reef.

    Maybe it was a sea lion?

    Who knows?

    After regaining my composure, I submerged for one more try.

    No more lobsters, but my mind was fucking with me and I was getting cold.

    I surfaced and swam back to the boat.

    Bob caught a total of five, Dan a few.

    Captain Alec hauled up two anchors this night.

    It was a cold, but sort of short ride back.

    It was a cold, but sort of short ride back.

    I pose with my monster catch of the night.

    I pose with my monster catch of the night.

    We had a good debriefing in the parking lot.

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