Hitting the Water in San Diego

— on August 3, 2018 by in La Jolla

I’m excited. For the first time in my life, I live within easy reach of shore diving in interesting waters. San Diego isn’t necessarily a world class dive destination, but it has some amazing sub-surface sites to see.

The First 2 Dives

Things kicked off with some snorkeling, but that isn’t very exciting. I didn’t take the camera and I was mostly just checking out where things where. A few days later I hit the water in actual dive gear with my camera.

I entered near the Marine Room, a restaurant on the beach. The water in the area is shallow, less than 20 feet unless you get pretty far off shore (at least, it was where I dove). My first two dives, I spent my time on the sand flats and grass beds south along the shore south of the beach. 

La Jolla Cove - Scuba Diving - Underwater Photography - Pacific Spiny Lobster

See Sea Bass

La Jolla Cove Diving - Sea Bass on the Sand Flats

I mostly saw sea bass, lobster and rays. The rays didn’t like the noise SCUBA makes and generally hit the road as soon as I got remotely close. The sea bass wanted to hang out. If I ignored them, I would eventually catch one of them staring at the side of the camera or my head.

La Jolla Cove Diving - Sea Bass

La Jolla Cove Diving - Sea Bass

Sculpin’ Around

I saw other stuff too. I found a sea turtle, but he was already leaving quickly when I noticed him. There are sculpin in the rocky areas nestled in crevasses.

La Jolla Cove - Scuba Diving - Underwater Photography - Sculpin

… and a green abalone shell sitting on the bottom.

La Jolla Cove - Scuba Diving - Underwater Photography - Abolone Shell
So, that is a random assortment of “stuff” I saw and took pictures of on my first 2 dives. I need to find a dive site map for the area so I can figure out where to go specifically, not just hang around the shore in the shallows.