Trip Report and Photos
Diving with Ross O.
The Wolf Eel Reef and the F.S.Loop
and Photos © Elaine
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Memorial Day Weekend, wasn't such a good dive day. Tall swells, windy
conditions, and whitecaps made boating and underwater activities a
challenge. (Thought for the day, if Sky Caps transport your baggage
at the airport, how come White Caps don't schlep dive gear?) We called
it an early day and spent the afternoon hanging over the side of Cabrillo
dock searching for nudibranchs. These are some of the nudis that we
found at Cabrillo: Polycera atra - Black Dorid, Janolus barbarensis
- Santa Barbara Janolus, Triopha maculata - Spotted triopha, Dendronotus
frondosus, and Melibe leonina - Lion nudibranch. Wow!
like it might be a better day, so we went out and tried it again.
In the morning there was a lot less wind. The swell had died down
Beth O., and myself met up with Dave, Dyanna , and Sadie. outside
of the San Pedro break wall. Sadie is a dog that loves playing fetch
off the back of the boat.
out to try our luck at a very small wreck that has provided wolf eel
sightings in the past. Ross set anchor next to the debris. Dave and
Dyanna hooked in a short distance away and made a surface swim to
our anchor line. On our descent, we traversed a layer of green chunky
water before we arrived at the sand where visibility was about 15-20
feet . A short distance from the anchor, we located the little artificial
reef. Sea Pens and Sand Anomies surround the anemone covered "structure".
In no time we found the wolf eels. To our surprise, there were no
longer two wolf eels, there were three! Two wolf eels were sharing
one hole. It would have made a great photo, but, the smaller one was
very shy and ran for cover before I could set up the shot.
In the afternoon
we thought about visiting Ross's new favorite reef near Old Marineland.
All day long we had listened to a "Gale Advisory" on the
radio and now the swells were growing and the wind strengthening.
It was far from Gale conditions, but, we decided to stay near the
San Pedro break wall (home) and dive the wreck of the F.S. Loop (A
193 foot Steam Scooner sunk and dynamited in 1947) instead. Visibility
on the loop debris field was only about 8 feet, but it turned out
to be a great dive.
Ross and I are taking photos and it can be easy for us to end up in
a "lost buddy" situation. The solution was that Ross tied
a reel to the anchor and went about exploring the debris. If I wanted
to linger at an interesting nudibranch I would grab a piece of the
string. When I was ready to move on I would just follow the string
back to Ross. For us, this system worked really well.
lots of nudibranchs on the Loop. I saw at least eight different kinds.
I didn't photograph the Spanish Shawls or the Hermissenda because
I already have so many photos of them.
Many of the nudi's were
We also saw a thriving
Doriopsilla spaldingi community..
As we headed back to
dock, our day of excitement was not over. Some jet skiers had permanent
engine trouble that left them squandering in the harbor entry traffic
lane. Ross gave the girls a lift and towed the jet skis back to the
Hope everyone has a wonderful
Memorial Day Weekend,
Until next time........