|Running On Empty
Posted by Max Bottomtime on May 04, 2013 at 18:44:30:
Needing to gas up our boat today, we rejoiced at the swell model predictions of two feet swells and light wind. Kevin Lee joined us for his first cold water dives since returning from Anilao. Our plan was to fuel up in Los Angeles Harbor and then hit one of the deeper shipwrecks on the San Pedro Shelf.
We left our house this morning to a stiff breeze. Not a good sign, but we hoped it would calm down soon. As we rounded Rocky Point it became clear that we would take quite a pounding if we continued eastward. We tucked our crotch straps between our legs and headed back toward Redondo Beach.
At the Palawan, whitecaps and a strong current helped us decide to dive nearshore. The surface water over the Landing Craft was green and didn't look good, but Kevin really wanted to take his leaking drysuit into the 51° water.
We dropped through a dirty layer, making me think we would have similar conditions to our last few weeks. Suddenly, the visibility opened up to well over twenty feet. It was cold, but some of the best visibility I had seen on this little wreck. The highlight of the dive for me was finding a purple stripe jelly at the end of the dive.
I headed back toward the barge and was surprised to see the entire length of the rusting hulk. That was a first for me. It was at least thirty-five feet visibility despite the lousy surface conditions. Before surfacing, Kevin saw another purple stripe jelly.
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