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Showing posts with label Sea Ranch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sea Ranch. Show all posts

Friday, July 31, 2015

Abalone Second Season Opens on Saturday

The second half of the abalone season opens on Saturday. 

Arrived at Sea Ranch to prepare for Saturday and Sunday dives.
Equipment Check
License, Rules, and a 10" Gauge (Zach insisted I explain that it is a 10 incher)
Ocean Conditions are looking good...

We staged the weights to make it a little easier in the morning... I think we are a go... 

Only problem is crappy to non-existent connection with T-Mobile. Can only get connected at WiFi hot spots.

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I am kind of a big deal in Tasmania.

Abalone Diving Facebook Page
About three years ago, I set up a "Facebook Page" called "Abalone Diving".  Associated with my personal FB account, it was just a place to post pics and videos and link to abalone related posts on this blog. Just something for dive buddies, friends and family, it never had more than 30-40 "Likes" and I didn't put much effort into it.  I had not posted much on that page this year. The season has been open a month, but I've yet to see the right combination of free time, dive buddies, and ocean conditions. I just added a couple posts about rule changes and the unfortunate, sad, but inevitable reports of dead abalone divers not paying attention or diving when they should not.

Then a couple of weeks ago, this happened. WTF? No idea what prompted that surge, so I asked:

Who are you people and what are you doing here?So I have this little FB page that I set up 2-3 years ago to post...
Posted by Abalone Diving on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Turns out I got the attention of the Maori abalone community in New Zealand and Tasmania. They are fascinated with the size of our NorCal gastropod as their local snails max out around 7-8", and abalone (paua as they call it) is their favorite food.  So we bonded.

This image from this post on this dive appears to be what went viral in Maori-land, with over 62,000 people reached and 400 likes:

I'm now over 3,000 likes and 100,000 visitors with 100's of comments per week on the "Ablaone Diving Facebook page [Linked HERE].

I just thought you should know.

Hopefully the ocean will settle down so I can get go diving and get some more content for these folks.

It's a lot of pressure.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Abalone 2nd Season Kickoff - Dive Day 2
2014 Abs # 11, 12, 13

On Sunday we made it to the cove in time for morning low. Not as much sun as yesterday, but warm weather, good viz, and mostly smooth water on the protected north side of the cove.  Easy, relaxing dives. Limit out.

Just a big lake really.
And properly documented with edited GoPro clips from the weekend:

ABCAM II - The GoPro Movie

Harbor seals eagerly await our arrival.

The abs were less enthusiastic about our return.

Until next time... whenever that might be.  


Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

My abalone ceviche' ws ready to eat.

Leah fried up some bacon for the BLAATs

BLAAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Abalone, Avocado, Tomato) assembly line.
On sourdough bread, simply the finest sandwich known to man.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Abalone Season Reopens - Dive Day 1
2014 Abs Number 9 & 10

With the late start, we missed the morning low...

August 2014

Day High
High Moon Sunrise Sunset
Fri 1 2:32 AM PDT / 4.45 ft 8:52 AM PDT / 1.21 ft 3:30 PM PDT / 5.28 ft 9:55 PM PDT / 1.89 ft

6:15 AM PDT 8:26 PM PDT
Sat 2 3:28 AM PDT / 4.06 ft 9:32 AM PDT / 1.64 ft 4:10 PM PDT / 5.39 ft 10:56 PM PDT / 1.64 ft

6:16 AM PDT 8:25 PM PDT
Sun 3 4:40 AM PDT / 3.74 ft 10:19 AM PDT / 2.07 ft 4:56 PM PDT / 5.53 ft

First Quarter 6:17 AM PDT 8:23 PM PDT

 ... but instead were rewarded with brilliant sunshine to augment the great viz and benign swells in the protected cove.  It was a low high and a high low anyway - tides often associated with good visibility.  We were not disappointed.

Some pics from a great kickoff to the second half of the 2014 abalone season.

Gearing up...

... and climbing down.

Conditions were great.

Checking out the GoPro (Will update post with vids eventually. Really):

 Sights from a great day of diving:

Ab in the wild
Harbor seal checks us out. Again.
An unusual sight...
A Mola Mola in the cove!
We were seeing a lot of jellyfish in the cove, which is a possible explanation for the Mola Mola guest appearance:
Unusual sea creatures sail back to Monterey Bay

"SANTA CRUZ -- Helpless in the wind and sounding like a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, velella velellas have returned to the Monterey Bay in droves... Warmer water is bringing other unusual sights, including more sightings of long-beaked common dolphins, Cummings said. Black said she's also seeing more Risso's dolphins, joining the bay's resident Pacific white-sided dolphin, which prefers cooler temperatures. Black also has seen another odd sight: sunfish, or mola molas, have been gobbling up velella velellas (which is a mouthful, so to speak). "I've never seen a sunfish eating a by-the-wind-sailor in all my 28 years," Black said..."
This one was probably a juvenile as Mola Mola can grow quite large. This guy also had some chewed fins.  A possible explanation from Wikipedia:
"Sunfish are most often found in water warmer than 10 °C (50 °F); prolonged periods spent in water at temperatures of 12 °C (54 °F) or lower can lead to disorientation and eventual death. Researchers theorize that surface basking behaviour, in which a sunfish swims on its side, presenting its largest profile to the sun, may be a method of "thermally recharging" following dives into deeper, colder water.Others point to sightings of the fish in colder waters outside of its usual habitat, such as those southwest of England, as evidence of increasing marine temperatures...  Sea lions appear to hunt sunfish for sport, tearing the fins off, tossing the body around, and then simply abandoning the still-living but helpless fish to die on the seafloor..."
The Mola Mola sighting was a bonus - our primary day one objective was met:

We took two each for our first day.

Apres' Dive

Plenty for a traditionally prepared pan fry dinner.

Got to Sea Ranch, got license, got good conditions, got sticky roll...

Picked Harlan and Leah up at SFO 10:30 PM Friday, drove three hours through heavy coastal fog to arrive at  Sea Ranch early Saturday morning. After the late (early?) arrival we were a little slow getting started on Saturday. 

 Some coffee, sticky buns and other sweets from TwoFish Bakery got things rolling, while Leah contemplates the meaning of the TANSTAAFL orb in Milton Friedman's old Sea Ranch digs...

 We got our gear together...

...stopped at the Farmers Market in Gualala for provisions...

...picked up a fishing license and abalone report card for Harlan...

... and drove to the cove. Earlier in the week we worried about the swell forecast (as always).  Pacific Waverider seemed benign but SwellWatch 3D projected a 12 foot Northern Swell far offshore.

No worries. The cove is protected from the northern swell on this part of the coast.

Conditions look good. Going in...

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