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Total Bottom Time is my online personal dive log. A place where I can share my dives with friends, family, other divers, and the world. You can find out a bit more about me and see my full log of dives by clicking on my profile on the right. Feel free to subscribe to my dives via email or RSS.
Below are just some of my latest dives.
|July 10, 2013|
The next site we dove in Monterey Bay was a kelp forest off to the left of the beach. We walked from the park and down the steps to the beach. From there it was a short surface swim out to the edge of the forest where we made our descent. What you can see in the water in the picture below are the tops of the kelp stalks.
One of the first things we happened upon was an orgy of sea hares. There must have been 6 or 7 of them all clustered together in one big red ball. The pictures do not do it justice. There were so many that it was hard to pick one out from another, especially when they all blend into the background red seaweed.
It's also very difficult to capture the alienness of moving amongst the kelp forest. It can surround you very quickly and it can block out much of the light coming from the surface. It wasn't even the high growth portion of the season.
Towards the end of the dive things got a little livelier.
School of Fish
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|July 10, 2013|
I was in San Francisco for the week so I thought I'd take a morning off and head down to the closest divable site in Monterey Bay. I found Monterey Bay Dive Charters online and after exchanging a few emails with the owner/operator we settled on a date and time to meet.
From what I understand, the majority of diving in Monterey Bay is shore diving and this was no exception. There was a small park in front of the beach where we got ready and geared up. Because it was relatively cold, I opted for a "Farmer John" style 7mm wetsuit. Decked out with a hood, gloves, boots, and an extra 24 lbs. of lead to sink all of that neoprene.
We were diving just off of 100 Cannery Row. There was a pier on the right. We did a surface swim to get to the end of it before descending.
Monterey Bay Coast Guard Pier
We entered the water via some stairs leading from the park to the beach. It was a short walk but one gets very hot, very quickly under that much neoprene. Getting into the cold water was a welcome respite.
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|June 29, 2013|
The last dive of the morning was my choice. The dive master knew it was the last dive of my trip and asked where I'd like to go. Anywhere but Paradise Reef. Paradise Reef is great but I felt no need to dive it for the third time in three days. He suggested Dalila Reef which I had never even heard of before so I was game. It turned out to be a great last dive for the trip.
Manta Ray and Friend
Another Swim Through
School of Grunts
And that was that. Time for 24 hours of off gassing and concentrating on my rum drinking. I can say without reservation that rum and blue Powerade make a good combination.Click here to continue reading...