Temp: 61 acceptable degrees
Viz: 20’ +/-, annoying fine sand particulates in some areas

We kicked out to the reef and dropped. Right before submerging, I spied a Harbor Seal who was semi oblivious. Almost immediately we came across Bat Rays, Kelpfish of all colors and sizes, Opaleyes, Pile Perch, etc…
We headed south, then west. A poor Kelp Bass with a tag, stayed with me for almost the entire dive – it seemed intent on displaying the tag embedded in it, covered with growth. I observed it trying to rub it off; the fish seemed like it sorta wanted me to take it out.
Interestingly, even with the decent viz, Gayle and I still lost sight of each other. And, interestingly, 1 ½ hours later, we found each other at a same spot, photographing and videoing all the Soupfin sharks. At the same time, we were surrounded by a huge school of Salema. It was quite the sight, unfortunately, if you squint your eyes, you can see all the tiny sand particles in the water column, obscuring the otherwise clear viz. The sharks as usual were skittish, and didn’t hang around too long.

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