Marine Room, La Jolla, California
Saturday morning I met up with Debra and Kimo for a little 9:30 AM dive session at the marine room. Easy entry, and swim through the super appetizing green bubbly stuff on the surface. We decided to dive the shallows to see if we could spot the sea turtle that supposedly lives there. We were warned by other divers of bad viz in the shallows and surge so we did go back and forth on keeping with the plan and dive the shallows or head to the canyon instead. Luckily we stuck with our instincts!! They were right, there was a moderate surge, and viz was a really hazy 10 feet at most. But holy soup fin sharks!! We had at least 8 encounters with soupfins this hour dive! It was AWESOME! Debra, you must be the key to squashing my shark repellentness! Now I’m just seven gill repellent, haha. Baby steps! This dive, however, was a mess for me photography wise. I was anticipating on playing with my new macro lens, but with the sensory overload with the sharks, I just couldn’t switch modes fast enough and finally gave up and enjoyed the encounters instead. I got one hazy silloutte of a shark, but Kimo got the cool GoPro footage below. There was also huge schools of fish today. A good 5-6 times we were swarmed by schools. Especially by the kelp stalks there were tons of sheephead, calicos, and perch just hanging out. On our swim back in we encountered a banded guitar fish swimming through and a few leopard sharks. Always remember, not so great viz never means a bad dive! 😀 Awesome day in the water!
Max Depth: 23 feet
Temp: 63 degrees
Viz – hazy 10 feet
Bottom Time: 57 min
Eye Candy: soupfin sharks, banded guitar fish, leopard sharks, garibaldi, male and female sheepshead, perch, senorita fish, tons of schooling fish
Soupfin Shark checking us out
School is in Session!!!