Visibility in Catalina is never a sure thing. Today we struck positive: although not as clear as our last dive on the island, we enjoyed decent visibility and the usual enjoyable traipsing about the giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest.
Today's dive was an unusual treat in that we were rejoined by Kristaps' brother R., previously seen in Malta and featured
in our Beginner Divers series.
R. connected with Ron Moore's Dive Catalina for a guided tour of our familiar Casino
Point dive park.
Although somewhat miffed that
guided tour means literally being guided by hand, the experience left him even more
resolved to finish his open water certification and get it on the fun!
What was there to see today? We noticed that the giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) have finally made their way to deeper waters: not a single one to be seen around the depths of 18 m., when usually there's a bunch (a bunch of bass?) hanging out under the giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). For whatever reason, both of us thought the schools of kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus) hovering around the giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) were particularly pretty.
Kristaps continued honing his compositional skills, this time diving with a much smaller aperture (F6.3 on average) to try minimising blur away from the frame centre. It's hard to tell whether it had an effect given the quality of the water and light: needs more experimentation.