Mysterious Deep

The upright wreck of Taiyo was a good subject for the 8mm fisheye lens. Here is a shot of a diver approaching the wheelhouse of the mysterious shipwreck to investigate.

Coral All Around

A 180 degree reefscape in Solomon Islands with sunburst. We saw some really beautiful coral reefs.

180 degrees!!

With our peripheral vision we can see about 180 degrees around us. We don’t need to make any adjustments or have special lighting. Taking a 180 degree view photograph is not as easy. It was so hard to compose the shot and get the lighting just right using the 8mm circular fish-eye lens. This is one of the shots I am happy with. An unusual upright shipwreck - the wreck of Taiyo sits vertically on a reef wall. Looking down from the bow of the ship, you can see straight down the deck below.

2019 Annual Ocean Safari New Year Party

Please note: 

To help us meet ocean safari's initiative to be eco-conscious divers, please bring your own reusable plate/bowl, cup, and utensils to use for eating and drinking. Please do not bring disposable items. 

Also, we will have filtered water, so we encourage you to bring your reusable canteens. Please do not bring bottled water as a potluck item.

Time: 11am-3pm, Saturday January 5, 2019. Rain or shine!
Location: Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
Look for OCEAN SAFARI banner
Participants: 
 

Ocean Safari Dive Team members, their friends, family, & pets. (All pets must be on leash)

Activities:

 

Eating, talking, & relaxing w/OSDT.

Slide Shows & Video Shows.

Fishing (The lake is stocked with rainbow trout constantly; please bring your freshwater fishing license.)

Excellent bicycle and walking trails around the lake & natural area.

Drawing will be held to give away prizes value totaling over $1000.00 (Prizes donated by Ocean Safari & various manufacturers.)

This event is a Pot Luck, so please bring one dish sufficient for serving 5-6 people & beverages for self consumption or to share. (No Alcohol allowed please) 

Want to BBQ? No problem! We will prepare a BBQ fire grill at the location. You are welcome to bring different kinds of meat and vegetables to cook over the grill! 

There is no charge for our party. However, there is an entry fee of $10.00 per car load for day use of the park. If you wish to save some money, you can carpool. 

For everybody’s convenience, please arrive no later than 11:30am so we may prepare for the feast. If you arrive later than the assigned time, the food will most likely be consumed and you will have to eat what you have brought.

Dive Trip Report 12/23/19 – by Megumi Itoh

Location: Old Marineland/Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Charter Master: Andy Rios

Boat: Asante (Capt. Gary and Terri), San Pedro Harbor

This was our last scheduled dive trip of 2018. We did two dives at dive site just off the Old Marineland (currently Terranea Resort). It was overcast, but the sea was calm. There was a slight surface current, but not much. The depth around the boat was 30 to 35 feet. The area was mostly sandy bottom with areas of loose rocks. There were larger boulders when you swim out farther. The visibility was good: about 20 to 25 feet. 

There were some giant kelp beds, but large patches of sargassum were more noticeable. We saw small aggregate of opal eyes and blacksmiths. There was also small school of smelt near the surface. Around the reef, we saw some kelp rockfish, kelp bass, and the ever-present garibaldi. The small juvenile kelp bass hiding in kelp bed were very cute. Andy found an octopus and lobsters hiding in the crevice in the first dive, and a school of barracudas and a C-O sole in the second dive (he said there were about 100 of them!). We pointed out scallops, kellet’s whelks, and Norris’s topsnails to the student divers. Some divers saw sea hares and Spanish shawls.

The short boat trip to and from the dive site was short and relatively smooth. Nobody got seasick and the sun came out during the second dive so it was not too cold. Everybody left in good spirits. We wrapped up the 2018 dive season with everyone having enjoyed the dives.