La Jolla Shores, Night Dive
Friday night Ryan and I head out for a relaxing end of the week dive. And I finally get to test out my new Sealife video strobe! Although my primary purpose is to use it as a focusing light on my camera setup, the video aspect is a bonus. I now have my dual strobe plus a third arm for the video strobe… and yes Ryan is border line embarrassed to be seen with me… wait till he see the shark towel hoodie I plan to bust out this week…. muhahaha! Waves were three to four feet. Just enough to be annoying but not to keep us out of the water. With the tide up we head out for a nice long surface swim. Dropping down we head south along the wall. Viz ranged from 10-15 feet in pockets. But TONS of life out! It seems like everything “hatched” lots of juvenile animals. It took more than half the dive to get comfortable with my new focusing light. Still learning and getting used to it but it definitely helped! The reason I choose the Sealife video strobe was because for the price I felt I could get more out of it. Focus light, video light, and with 500 lumens, a dive light! So one less thing i have to carry! I like the 8 different light settings as well! I think the weirdest part for me was not being able to see the back of the camera which you can so easily do with your regular dive light. Granted I can adjust the video strobe to look at it, but I just need to learn the back of my camera by touch better. Just a minor adjustment, I’ll get used to it. 🙂
Max Depth: 56 feet
Temp: 52 degrees
Viz – 10 feet in the shallows, 10-15 feet at depth
Bottom Time: 58 min
TONS of baby octopus, graceful crabs, swimming crabs, staghorn sculpins, coonstripe shrimp, baby sheepshead crab (I think), pipefish galore, snubnose sculpin, gobys, sarcastic fringehead, vermilion fish, brittle sea stars, nudbranchs, anemones, painted greenlings and cusk eels.
Water temp didn’t seem as bad tonight. Took up to about the 45 min mark for me to really start feeling it. Waves seemed to be coming in a bit faster on the way in and by that time my fingers were frozen and I had a rough time getting my fin straps undone. I’m so spoiled by spring straps, and I really want mine back from repair!! haha Overall a nice dive and a great start to the weekend! Off to Rock Bottom for after dive food and drinks!