Good morning Divers!!!|
Welcome those new to our list of local OC divers. Show up once we get some decent conditions and you will have plenty of others to dive with. Welcome aboard.
I thought I would share this email about the recent Shark activity along our OC coast, from Bert:
Shark attacks - I took a course as part of my involvement with an aquarium in which I dive and feed sharks. Low viz is a contributing factor to shark attacks - researchers will not dive in low viz conditions as sharks depend on sensory organs in addition to their eye sight to explore their surroundings. A simple bump from a shark will likely result in a bite as it is curious what living creature is under it's nose where special sensory organs exist. With 5ft viz a shark is on you very quick - They cover distances fast, even at a moderate pace. You know that 99.99% of the time sharks will dart away from divers. They don't like us. The encounters are one quick bite and it is gone. But that bite is a bleeder. So with lower viz these kind of encounters are just more dramatic. Another reason not to go when you can't see your fins.
Again, thanks Bert for the info. I guess we've been making good choices, if you look at it this way.
Current scuba diving conditions in Laguna Beach. The surf isn't bad 1-3 feet, although it is coming out of the S, not good. But the viz still sucks, running less than 10 feet, more like 5-10 feet. If you head out and find something worth diving in, send me your dive reports.
Our plans again, are for Saturday. We need viz... Stay tuned.
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...
Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour