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8/6/2006 McAbee by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 20' Time:1:12 PM
Temp: 59F Surge:  
Max Depth: 57FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:24
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Ménage à trois at McAbee.

Dionna and I departed San Jose about 0915 and arrived at MBDC for Dionna to fill her tanks. 2 hours later we finally were able to leave for McAbee, what a pain for a simple 32 fill. We parked at the Mexican restaurant and geared up for the dive. The sun was shining as we walked down to the beach and cooled off in the water as we slipped our fins on. We swam by what looked like a dead seal in the water and slowly descended down to the bottom. Great visibility and lots of kelp greeted us as we swam out. This being my first time at McAbee I was surprised to see so much of a difference between this and the breakwater which is so close by. Lots of large boulders, huge kelp forests, tons of different fish, and several species of nudi's. As we neared the end of our dive Dionna pointed out a harbor seal to my right. I gave her the thumbs up and continued on. The harbour seal however was more interested in participating with our dive from that point on. He or she came up right in front of me, pausing to give me a look. I offered a hand and it 'sniffed' it, I stroked it as it swam by, seemingly enjoying the encounter. Next thing I know I feel the two flippers scratching the top of my head. I'm thinking of Dionna who is probably in fits of giggles by this time. I shake my head laughing myself at this crazy seal who seems to be having a great time playing with us. All the way in the seal swam around us, playing, nipping at our fins and greeted us again when we ascended to the surface.