Diving in a sewer after the rain

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on November 23, 2013 at 19:58:11:

We had two days of light but steady rain in Los Angeles. The sewer outfall pipes for L.A. are located off White Point in San Pedro. Visibility at White Point can be excellent...two or three days out of the year. The rest of the time it ranges from zero to ten feet. I was expecting zero, but we drove down to the beach last night and it looked diveable.

We motored around the peninsula this morning, still expecting the worst. Arriving at the pipes, we were shocked to find water that had a strange color. It was more blue than brown. From ten feet we could already see the bottom fifty feet below. This was going to be a good dive.

I checked out the cabezon nest. There were still a few dozen eggs unhatched. Mr. Cabbie continued to let us know who was boss. With each photo I took of the nest I took two looks over to make sure he wasn't charging me. There weren't many nudibranchs out, but mating pairs of Acanthodoris lutea were everywhere.

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I swam over to the sand to check out the squid eggs and had another surprise. A school of squid were cruising, mating and being consumed by blacksmiths. The eggs are developing quite well. Some of the embryos now have chromatophores.

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We headed to Honeymoon Cove for our second dive. Conditions were similar, with kelp standing straight up. We brought some anchovies for the resident moral eel, who seemed pleased to see us. Margaret Webb shots photos while I fed him and then counted my fingers.

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Resort Point has the same white filament found at White Point. I found a large patch that was home to a small zebra boby.

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Our nice day was topped off by a pod of Risso's dolphins off Flat Rock. What was expected to be a bad day turned out to be one of the best.

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