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Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 2

(See Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 1 here.) This is the Spanish Shawl, a nudibranch (type of sea slug) common to Southern California. It’s tiny, only about one or two inches long. The orange appendages on its back are called cerata, which assist both in respiration and in digestion. They also store the stinging []

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Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 1

(This is a continuation of my previous post on the California oil rigs.) The platforms are formidable structures both above and below the water. The water was green and murky at the rigs this weekend, with visibility in the 15-foot range. The vis did start to open up below about 100 feet (our maximum depths []

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Ellen Oil Rig Southern California

Southern California Offshore Oil Rigs

This weekend we had the opportunity to dive Eureka, Ellen, and Elly, oil rigs off the coast of Huntington Beach, California. These rigs are in active operation and stand in water 260-720′ deep. With special permission from the oil companies that own them, divers can charter boats for the ~10 mile crossing. Anchoring is impractical []

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