Diving La Jolla Shores, San Diego: The Usual Suspects

Tube anemone at La Jolla Shores

I have a confession to make: It's been weeks since my last time diving La Jolla Shores. Conditions have been less than wonderful and life has gotten in the way. This morning, a friend and I finally got back in the water (in honor of his birthday!) and had a great time. It sounds silly, but diving at the Shores this morning and visiting all the usual suspects was a little like coming home.

Off the La Jolla Shores beach, most divers like to surface-swim out to the edge of the canyon before dropping under. I personally prefer to swim underwater on the shallow sand, because I love the things I see there--snails, crabs, and sand dollars for sure, and the occasional (if I'm lucky) guitarfish, angel shark, halibut, or juvenile horn shark. We did a little of both, and spent a few minutes on the sand before arriving at the canyon.

One of the first things I saw in the shallows was a patch of squid eggs. It reminded me of the squid run late last year, which set the scene for some of my favorite dives of all time.

Diving La Jolla Shores: Squid eggs

The sandy shallows at La Jolla Shores are always riddled with crabs. Here, one indulges its cannibalistic tendencies...

Diving La Jolla Shores: crab eating another crab

And a pair relish the privacy afforded by a few sand dollars...

Diving La Jolla Shores: crabs mating

Diving La Jolla Shores: sand dollar bed

Once we got over to the canyon wall, I saw a nudibranch I've never seen before, Diaulula sandiegensis (San Diego Dorid). From its name, I'm guessing it's actually pretty common, and the fault for never having seen it is all my own!

San Diego Dorid Nudibranch (Diaulula sandiegensis)

San Diego Dorid Nudibranch (Diaulula sandiegensis)

We also saw some pretty tube anemones...

Diving La Jolla Shores: Tube anemone

... and lots of brown rockfish.

Diving La Jolla Shores: Brown rockfish

Total dive time was 57 minutes; maximum depth was 79 feet; average depth was 45 feet. Visibility was 10-15 feet. Temperatures ranged from 53F to 61F.

It was so great to be back diving La Jolla Shores again!

14 Responses to “Diving La Jolla Shores, San Diego: The Usual Suspects”

  1. How beautiful!! I just love the first anemone, the yellow is amazing. And look at that crab!
    Thank you so much for linking up with Love Bug again, and I love taking your underwater adventures with you (even if they are through a computer screen!) :)

    · May 1, 2012 @ 8:26 am


  2. Libby says:

    Really great photos!!! I love the rows of sand dollars! Amazing color! Do you put these on Pinterest?

    · May 1, 2012 @ 9:27 am


  3. Susan says:

    Amazing shots!! Enjoyed each one♥

    · May 1, 2012 @ 9:39 am


  4. MG Atwood says:

    These shots make my heart sing! Nothing makes me happier than under the sea. If I can’t be there, your shots are the next best thing. Joining you from And then she snapped.

    · May 1, 2012 @ 10:51 am


  5. MG Atwood says:

    These shots make my heart sing! Nothing makes me happier than under the sea. If I can’t be there, your shots are the next best thing. Joining you from And then she snapped. Have a great week.

    · May 1, 2012 @ 10:52 am


  6. genie says:

    I miss going under water and seeing the beautiful flowers, corals, and fish. It has ben a long, long time, but your photos brought back beautiful memories. I am so glad you got to go back to your places. We live in the mountains of VA so I am lucky when I see a river , creek, or pond. This is a beautiful post. Lovely shots. genie

    · May 1, 2012 @ 1:24 pm


  7. Emille says:

    Wow, beautiful underwater photography – which I’ve never done! You must live only 1 1/2 hrs. South from me in Costa Mesa!Good to meet you:)

    · May 1, 2012 @ 2:52 pm


  8. Ann says:

    Living in the midsection of the country, we never see anything this interesting! Gorgeous shots. Fascinating creatures.

    · May 1, 2012 @ 3:18 pm


  9. June says:

    Thanks for sharing! These are great shots! I love La Jolla! (although I must admit, I’m a land-dweller) :)

    · May 1, 2012 @ 4:01 pm


  10. Joyful says:

    spectacular! So many wonderful colours.

    · May 1, 2012 @ 8:13 pm


  11. Abra Alani says:

    Ooo These are beautiful! I used to dive, though I don’t recall ever seeing anything as awesome as those sand dollars. The color! wow. The orange guy in the first photo is what caught my on My3Boybarians. So pretty. This is a great series!

    · May 1, 2012 @ 8:21 pm


  12. TheChieftess says:

    How wonderful!!! Some beautiful shots! Not much underwater photography in the photoblogs…unique and beautiful!

    · May 2, 2012 @ 11:27 am


  13. Carol Carson says:

    I only learned to swim as an adult and never found the time (and courage) to do underwater diving, but if ever I would be tempted, it would be after seeing these wonderful photos. The first and last photos, as well as the beautiful sand dollars, really caught my eye. Thank you!

    · May 4, 2012 @ 10:01 am


  14. Dennis McPherson says:

    I was wondering if you could answer a question I have about La Jolla shores. Back in the early 1970’s I dove there and there was a statue underwater. Can you tell me anything about it. I think it was at a depth of about 45 feet.

    · August 3, 2015 @ 1:27 pm


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