Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tiniest starfish I have ever seen. That is in the palm of my hand.
As long as I was moving, it was not that bad. But as soon as I slowed down, floaty feet.
Which means my feet were heading for the surface, but my torso was still on the bottom. So there I was, head over feet in about 40 feet of water.
MF was kind enough to take the weights off my tank and put one on each ankle. OK. From now on, ankle weights. No matter how draggy they get.
The dive was much improved after this.
We went just along the edge of the shelf for a while. There were little bits of kelp that seemed to be more interesting today than normal.
On one piece there was a small nudibranch. As I was looking at that, a fish caught my eye in the kelp. MF later said it was a kelp fish. Go figure.
That black thing is my finger, just to show how small the nudibranch was.
You guessed it... Pipe fish.
MF got lucky here and managed to get the kelp fish,
nudibranch and pipe fish all in one shot.
Slimy snail thing in its shell.
We also saw a big, slimy looking sea cucumber, a snail of some sort hiding in it giant shell and a guitar fish, which is a type of ray according to what MF found online later.
MF tried to get a picture of the guitar fish, but it was too fast and swam away in a flash.
It was maybe 2-3 feet long.
That was in the sand as we were heading back in, maybe in about 15-20 feet of water.
In the same area we saw some other creature that we could not identify.
It camouflages itself with sand, but has these little antennae like things all over the surface.
The underside is purple and it looks almost like some sort of strange mushroom.
There also was this big clump of mussels.
With these strange finger-like things growing out of it.
Then it was time to go in. My air was getting low.
After quick surface peek to see where we were, we swam south and then west a bit and surfaced again in about 10 feet of water.
After a short swim to where we could stand, we stopped to remove our fins then walked out.
None of that sand-eating stuff this week.
There still were no waves at all. Perfect.
I was able to walk out easily.
Then a quick cleanup followed by a cheap pancake breakfast at a place not too far from the beach. We then went to the dive shop to refill the tanks for next time. I also bought a dive knife and a small light.
After that, home to clean all the gear and spend the rest of the day doing mostly nothing.