Anacapa Island Diving

Did we mention that our professionals love to go out diving – just for the fun of diving and exploration? Well, our staff closed shop for the day on Saturday, 30 June 2018 and did exactly that! We took a day to head north and dive off the Spectre Dive Boat out of Ventura, CA.

Enough about us, you want to hear about the dive.

Date: 30 June 2018

Time: 0903 PST (First entry), #2 1113 PST, #3 1327 PST

Location: Anacapa Island: #1: Cathedral Cove, #2 Canyons, #3 Garden Spot

Max Depth: #1 29′, #2 32′, #3 41′

Dive time: #1 64 min, #2 70 min, #3 61 min

About the dives: Spanish Shawl were everywhere! Dive 1 had a group of Porter’s Chromodoris hanging out on a rock. The reefs were teaming with life and thick with kelp. The kelp here was so thick you had to be slow in your motions to not get caught. Even with that, we all untangled a fin or two of each other throughout each dive. Dive #2 had a Hopkin’s Rose and Spanish Shawl nudibranch everywhere you turned. Dive #3 had a Striped Sea Hare blending in well with the rocky reef around it-it was a splotched, lighter color brown than we normally see around the Laguna Beach area. Oh yeah, and plenty of Spanish Shawl everywhere. Dive 1 offered a very playful California Sea Lion to play with us as we were heading back into the boat for the max dive time 60 min the boat crew requested. Dive 2 offered a pair of playful Harbor Seals taste testing our fins. Soon as you looked at them, they swam off. The Harbor Seals were much more shy than the California sea lions. Dive #3 offered a significant current until you get into the kelp. As it was not a drift dive, you had to swim hard to get through the current into the protection of the kelp. Once in the kelp, the current subsided significantly and you could hang out and observe the reef closely.

The marine life we saw: California sheephead (terminal and initial), California spiny lobster, kelp bass, garibaldi, blacksmith, rock wrasse (terminal and initial), seniorita, harbor seal, California sea lion, striped sea hare, Spanish shawl, Hopkin’s Rose, Porter’s chromodoris, smooth turban snail, blue banded goby, black eyed goby, barracuda?, black perch, kelp perch, shiner perch, halfmoon, opaleye, horned shark, giant sea bass, striped perch, Coronado sea urchin, purple sea urchin, rock scallop, California cone snail, warty sea cucumbers, giant green anemone, proliferating anemone, tube anemone, fluted bryozoan, scaled wormshell, kellet’s whelk, manacled sculpin, island kelpfish, two spotted octopus.

Photos by Joe Head, Vladimir Kovacevic, and Ashley Arnold


Dive Log- 24 June 2018- Picnic Beach

Date: 24 June 2018 

Time: 0837 PST 

Location: Picnic Beach- Heisler Park- Laguna Beach, CA 

Max depth: 35′ 

Dive Time: 80 minutes 

About the dive: Surf entry was about 3′ red sets and 1.5′ green sets. Started entry during green set and got hit by a red set before completing entry. One of us got tumbled in the entry and started laughing so hard it was hard to stand up!  

Great dive with Joe, Jake and Ashley. Descended at Island 1 visited Island 2 and 3 as well. Found 6 large California Sea hare on Island 2, and new stuff on Island 3! We found a handful of Spanish Shawl on island 2 (we normally see them on island 3 only) On Island 3, we found Porter’s Chromodoris, California Blue Dorid, and Spanish Shawl! This was the first time we had seen Porter’s Chromodoris and California Blue Doris at this dive site! Also, on island 3 was a crevice filled with a larger California spiny lobster and many shrimp! Pretty sure they were coon-striped shrimp, but not completely certain as they are better known to be in the waters of Northern California to Alaska instead of Southern California.  

Photography/videography was tougher than normal here today with the extra surge. Normally there is very little surge at this site – today was 5′ surge with 10-15′ vis.  

We also saw many of the normal Southern California natives: Garibalidi, California Sheephead – terminal, initial and juvenile; kelp bass, rock wrasse- terminal and initial, blacksmith, seniorita, sargo, black perch, Zebraperch, Starry rockfish, Coronado sea urchin, purple sea urchin, and Salema. Also, there was Southern Staghorn bryozoan, fluted bryozoan, hydrocoral, California golden gorgonian, brown gorgonian, purple gorgonian, kelp (lots of kelp- easy to catch a fin strap on), saragassum, wavy turban snail, red volcano sponge, gray moon sponge, white finger sponge, and anemone (not sure which one…). 

All in all, this is one of our favorite shore dive sites. We didn’t see a Giant kelpfish this time, but normally we see a few. Guess we spent too much time on the rocky reef structure searching for our nudibranch friends and in the crevices. Oh well, the search paid off! Not only did we see 1, but 4 Porter’s Chromodoris! 

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