The waves and water were even more gnarly today, so I was only in for about an hour... the deeper part was closed due to rips and high tide, so after fighting the waves and the bad vis, I called it a day. The only time in recent memory when I took only 50 photos!
There were seals:
Awww, nose to nose! and the other one was out on the island. When I popped up again, it was gone. Oops! My friend, it turned out later, was watching my progress and said the seal was in the water when I was. Glad it didn't decide to meet me, as I wouldn't have been it until it was pretty close. That's one problem with bad visibility...
Nice male Trunk Fish. You can tell that it wasn't sunny...normally the male's colors of gold and blue would stand out more.
I saw a group of 8 Rock Mover Wrasses. But not all in one shot. Here are 3 of the group:
One on the rock, and one to the left and one below the rock. The rest were further out, where the waves were. See the poor visibility?
I was able to spot, no, not an octopus, but a Scorpion Fish:
I snapped off 4 quick photos and then noticed a man walking barefoot on the bottom. So by the time I popped up, warned him not to walk in that area, and popped back down, couldn't see the Scorp anymore. They are masters of disguise.
And last of all, a photo of the fishing line that was tangled on some seaweed:
This stuff is really awful: monofilament line. Once it gets tangled there's just no getting out of it. So I'm glad I was able to pull it out and throw it away. Nasty stuff!
You can see my gear on the ground near: fins, 3 pouches (backup cameras, scissors for cutting line and one pouch for opercula and shells and trash. Of which there was a lot.)
Perhaps next week: North Shore, where in the summer, the water should be more tranquil.
Have a great week.
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