An Uncommon Dive at La Jolla Shores

Salp chain

Friday morning, I went for one last cold-water dive at La Jolla before heading out of town for the Long Beach Scuba Show and our anniversary trip to Belize. With the possible exception of last year's squid run, this was one of the most different and interesting La Jolla Shores dives I've ever done. In addition to the usual suspects, we saw a bunch of less-common stuff, including a giant sea bass! We unfortunately also came across a dolphin that had met its demise. But first, the good stuff...

I've seen nudibranch eggs around before, but never actually caught a nudi in the act of laying eggs. Here, a Pleurobranchaea californica spins a rosette of eggs.

Pleurobronchaea californica nudibranch

 

I first saw salp chains at the oil rigs off Long Beach. In fact, I don't believe I've seen them anywhere else--until Friday. What a treat!

Salp chain

 

Finally, the dolphin--we spent several minutes just staring at each other after seeing this one. I've never seen a dolphin before while diving. This was definitely not what I had in mind.

Dead dolphin

 

Total runtime was 49 minutes; max depth was 61'. Coldest water temperature logged was 58F.


3 Responses to “An Uncommon Dive at La Jolla Shores”

  1. lisa says:

    These images are truly magnificent!

    · May 10, 2012 @ 8:33 am

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  2. jami says:

    Great shots!! So sad about the dolphin…. Gotta get in the water with you when you get back!!

    · May 10, 2012 @ 10:14 am

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  3. Karylle says:

    I think I can’t try diving like this one because I am afraid and I am not sure if I will enjoy the sceneries like these ones..

    · May 23, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

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