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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.
Screw you guys. I'm going diving---Jacques Cartman
Is that middle picture the two of you? I would LOVE to have a mental image to connect to your threads!
Come with me and Peter to the Philippines this fall!
A journal of my open water class (from 2005) can be read here.
Okay, you've heard all our opinions. Want to know what the science is? http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/
Lake Washington diving: "And I ask myself, 'Why am I here, and is that another 25 cents I just exhaled?"
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
Excellent vid! Great selection of critters. Looks like Topaz is the place to be right now.
"The greatest resource of the ocean is not material but the boundless spring of inspiration and well-being we gain from her"
"From birth man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction, up, down, sideways. Underwater man becomes an archangel." Capt. Jacques Yves Cousteau