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Breaking News! We had great vis today!

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by MaxBottomtime, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Torrance, CA
    After a couple weeks of brown water, we didn't have a particular dive plan today. While motoring around on the west side of Palos Verdes we decided to check out the Topaz pilings off Redondo Beach. Our plan was to bounce dive it when we saw the dirty water on the sand. To our great surprise, we could easily see thirty feet vertically and twenty to twenty-five feet horizontally.
    Kevin Lee found a new nudibranch, Merry shot macro with my 90mm lens and I attempted to shoot video.
    There was a constant southerly current pushing the algae around, so critter shots were tough. Everything at Redondo Beach is small and near the sand. At one point I decided to make it a drift dive. I floated for about fifty feet before I reached the anchor.
    After surfacing from our second dive we were greeted by Scott and Margaret Webb and Jim Lyle who took the surface shots.
    The thermocline was at eighteen feet, dropping the water temperature to a nice 51° at sixty feet.



    FrankPro1, merxlin, asha and 2 others like this.
  2. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

    # of Dives:
    Location: Woodinville, WA
    Is that middle picture the two of you? I would LOVE to have a mental image to connect to your threads!
  3. bperc

    bperc Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Visalia, CA
    Very nice video. Thanks for sharing. Amazing what a difference a day can make in the visibility.
  4. H2Ocean

    H2Ocean Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: Los Angeles.
    nice!!! The landing craft got the same good results today also!! 20ft viz and cold low 50s temps!!
  5. undrwater

    undrwater Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cerritos, CA
    That be they.
  6. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

    # of Dives:
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    A nice 51 degrees? I can get that at 200 ft... looking for a nice 65-68 this time of year! Oh, and vis would help... but it is getting "better" (20 ft or so) out here after a few days of 5-15 ft.
  7. SPKelpDiver

    SPKelpDiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Pedro, CA
    Great video, great song.

    You guys found quite the array of wildlife for the pier pilings. A new nudibranch, octopus, and a horn shark. Sweet dive if you ask me. It's funny how the swell comes in and the conditions improve...hmmm
  8. asha

    asha Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Nice video! What equipment are you using for video?

    Can you send some of that great vis south, please? We had 3-5' on the Hogan yesterday :(
  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Torrance, CA
    Sony HDR-HC9 camera in a Ocean Images housing with two 50w lights and a flat port. I used 100w bulbs and a wide angle dome port today. The video was edited using Pinnacle Studio 12.
    asha likes this.
  10. FrankPro1

    FrankPro1 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Medora, North Dakota
    Excellent vid! Great selection of critters. Looks like Topaz is the place to be right now.

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