Last weekend I went down to Southern California to do some scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean unfortunately a huge storm hit while I was there cancelling some of the dive boats myself and my friend Will had arranged to dive for some spiny lobster.
On Sunday early morning, after the worst of the storm causing floods, high winds, high surf, and mudslides had passed we were able to get out to Catalina Island by boat to at least get some diving time in at the marine preserve at Casino Point. I love scuba diving and feel like superman under the water flying around and easily gliding up and down the underwater mountains.
We made 5 dives to around 80 feet depth, and since Catalina Island's West side had been sheltered from the storm and was a ways off the main Californian coast the water had great 50 feet visibility and some great kelp forest and reef to explore. We explored 6 ship wrecks and saw many different types of fish from Garibaldi kelp bass and more, some shy octopus, eels, lobster, seals, and more. Diving in kelp forests is amazing and I would recommend it to many other divers as it is as tropical dive locations although you do need to prepare a bit more especially with a decent thickness 7mm wetsuit for the 58-60 degree water.
One of the fun fish was a large California Sheephead fish that followed us like a friendly dog on each of our dives.
The large California Sheephead named Oscar would come right up to my face and I would have to push him away.
Here is Oscar the Sheephead wanting to play or trying to photo bomb my photos.
While it was disappointing to not get the 16 dives from boats for the lobster, the dive trip was completely redeemed at Catalina Island.
Do you scuba dive? I am definitely looking for more dive buddies and dive locations.