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    Super Bowl Day Dive On The Elli And Ellen Oil Rigs

    February 1, 2015*

    We slowly motored from the Eureka to the Elli and Ellen oil rigs; we all needed at least an hour to off gas from the previous dive.

    Elli and Ellen
    Elli and Ellen are connected by a bridge.

    No, I don’t know which one is Elli and which one is Ellen, but we only dove one of them.

    I freed up some space on the memory card in my GoPro.

    Before the dive, I noticed the camera had taken 123 pictures all by itself.

    Later, I discovered that I have 123 identical pictures of the below…

    WTF is this?
    WTF is this, a condom?

    I was the second one over board; I swam underneath the rig and submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #486

    SoCal Buddy Diving/Solo Diving

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs, California, USA

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 110 feet
    Waves: Some vertical chop
    Visibility: 20-30 feet
    Water Temperature: 58 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 20 minutes, or so

    I turned my camera back on and it just started taking pictures.

    I ended up with almost 400 pictures, and they were all upside down!

    Luckily, my graphics abilities are good enough to where I can rotate pictures 180 degrees.

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    I headed down to about 100 feet and collected two more scallops; fish followed me around, like I was going to feed them.

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Oil rigs

    It was an interesting and colorful dive.

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    I love Sheephead – they are beautiful fish and very tasty, but I stopped shooting them a long time ago.

    Why did I stop shooting Sheephead?

    Because there is no sport in it!

    You could literally swim up to a Sheephead, measure it, swim back and shoot it.

    Shooting a Sheephead is like shooting your own dog.

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Elli and Ellen Oil Rigs

    Everyone made it back to the boat with no issues… well, someone lost an $80 lens to the sea gods, but nobody was injured.

    I was asked, “How were your dives.”

    I responded, “Excellent, but my ass was cold.”

    (See the previous post, if you are not aware of the condition of my wetsuit.)

    My catch
    Me with my bag of scallops and the King of Beers.

    The Rigs From Afar

    Some of us enjoyed the crisp and refreshing taste of Budweiser on the way home; Dan broke out a bottle of Jameson.

    As Donna The Hot Biker Chick told me several years ago on a rafting trip, “No more Jameson for you!”

    Another great day of diving followed by probably the best Super Bowl that I have ever seen.

    *Post delayed due to the Super Bowl.


    1. What a great day to be on the water, love So Cal in the winter time. I tried this recently with Scallops. Slice them to about 1 quarter inch thick, pound them with a tenderizing hammer for a couple seconds, place in microwave safe dish, cover with butter, Garlic, season to your liking, microwave for approx 25 seconds. Quick, easy and very tasty.

      Comment by halibug — February 2, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

    2. Yeah Halibug, that sounds like a good recipe! I gave them to a friend and he made scallop ceviche – marinade in lemon juice for a few hours and then put salsa and onions.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — February 2, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

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