A tale of two California
Published on 2016-06-04 21:33:12
A couple of weeks ago I took off for Cabo San Lucas, a small highly Americanized tourist town at the tip of the Baja peninsula in Mexico. That was my fourth time there and I wanted to dive again, despite a very average experience a few years back the first time I came down there.
This time my buddy and I picked Manta Scuba Diving and we did not regret it.
The dive operation was well run, prices were still quite high but we were able to personalize our two tank trip with one dive on the Corridor and one dive in the Land's End area.
I had never dove the Corridor before so it was interesting.
The conditions were far from optimal with strong surge and cold water (even by California's standard). But it was still a cool dive, with plenty of critters and a nice school of Mobula Rays (some sort of miniature mantas) swimming over us. Land's End was pretty cool too, we dove Pelican Rock. We did not have to go very deep down the base of the pinnacle as all the action was between 50 and 20ft. Free swimming moray eels, guitarfish, another giant school of mobulas, colorful frogfish, California scorpionfish and more, all that within a few dozen feet from each other!
Back home, conditions last week-end were finally favorable to diving!
Under a cloudy sky, a group of half a dozen divers from the fearless South Orange County Dive Club, braved a 3ft surf for two dives. A few tuna crabs were still on the beach, remnants of the recent massive washout.
The first dive was not that bad, considering the 5ft viz and green murky water. Right after we went down, my buddies saw a giant black sea bass. All I saw was them high-fiving underwater but they had footage to prove the encounter... For my part, I still found a lot of critters: eels, hornsharks, lobsters, and a ton of Spanish shawls. Must be mating season. The second dive sucked. The only good news is that the terrible sargassum is finally dying off. Now if the kelp could grow even faster, we may stand a chance to get our kelp forest back!
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