San Miguel, May 2007
We had a bit of a "rock and roll" ride out to San Miguel, and extremely windy conditions off the island. As our divemaster put it, "It's less than optimum, but we're going to dive here because, well, we're here." Once below the wind-whipped froth at the surface, we found calmer waters (though still pretty green and churned up), lots of cool little crabs and nudibranchs, and numerous sea lions that ranged from playful to surprisingly aggressive – perhaps feeling a bit protective of their island rookery? We love to watch the sea lions frolic underwater, but after being on the receiving end of several charges and displays of bared teeth, we decided to back off and focus on the macro stuff instead. Later in the day, as our boat headed back toward Santa Barbara, we were accompanied by sea lions "surfing" the ocean waves like dolphins do. They seemed to be enjoying the 10-foot swells much more than we humans were!Read More
Gueston June 1, 2007
For being "local" diving, you sure saw some beautiful creatures! I enjoy your captions sometimes as much as the photos...almost. Torpedo swimmer is sure cute!