Trip Report and Photos
Catalina Island on the Sundiver
and Photos ©
Elaine Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced
Twas the day after Christmas.
I figured that everyone would be at the stores instead of diving.
Wrong again. The Sundiver was
full divers headed to Catalina.
The first thing I did was to look
around to see who had new Christmas dive gear. Actually, there didnít seem to
be much new stuff on board. A buddy pair showed off their new fins, and, other
than that, it was mostly the same old, same old.
It seems that when divers get equipment
they like, they stick with it.
I was just happy to be on the boat.
I had to work Christmas day and on into the wee hours of the next morning. When
I got home at about 3:30am, I looked at my bed and I looked at my truck. I knew
Iíd better just get into the truck and go to the boat because if I looked at
the bed again, my dive day wasnít going to happen. I had to be extra careful
diving, because when Iím really tired, things like this almost start to look
The morning weather at Long Beach
was changing from nice, to cool and cloudy. The storms were clearly on their
way. Everyone was hopeful that the diving conditions would hold until the end
of the day.
Our first dive was at Eagle Reef.
I went west over the reef and down to the sandy 90 foot bottom.. I saw a large
Mantis Shrimp out walking around. Wow! This was the first free roaming shrimp
that Iíve come across and I really wanted a photo. I ducked down behind a kelp
plant to get the camera ready for a wide angle close up. I tried to mentally
prepare for a possible attack on my dome port by mantis shrimp claws.
When I was ready, the shrimp was
nowhere in sight. I searched over the sand and finally found him ... sitting
back in his hole. What had been a good sized shrimp was now a mere small pair
of eyes on stalks in a large sandy landscape. I backed off and watched him for
a while hoping that he would once again venture out of his lair. I was surprised
to see that every time a sheephead would swim by he would duck for cover. I
wouldnít have thought that a sheephead would be much of a match for a mantis
shrimp, but, the shrimp appeared very leery of them. This is my 20mm wide angle
shot of shrimp eyes. The photo was cropped a lot.
Back on the boat ALMOST everyone
was happy with the way that their dive day was going so far.
One person wasnít so happy. He was
a diver visiting from Georgia. During his dive his dry suit had flooded. He
quickly figured out why when he saw the air relief valve, which was supposed
to be on his left arm, floating in front of his face.
He said that he had tried to save
time and money by having a repair shop in Georgia replace this valve before
his trip to California. Now his vacation itinerary would include an extra stop
at the DUI repair shop in San Diego.
Our next dive site was at Parsons.
There were lots of isolated rocky
reef sections here. Visibility was good, but there was a lot of surge in the
shallower areas. I was so tired that all I really felt like shooting were gorgonians
... something big that wouldnít move. I came up with some really mundane photos.
Our last dive was at Eagle Nest.
I shot some 1:2 macro with Kodachrome 25. It wonít be back for a week or so.
I got one hour of sleep on the way
to Catalina and one hour on the way back. I donít know how everyone was still
looking so awake after the last dive.
Thanks to the Sundiver crew for spending
the day with us instead of at the Mall. If it wasnít for you guys, all I would
have done on the day after Christmas is sleep. Hope that everyone had a great
Until next time