Great trip out to the Oil Rig Eureka with five other Team Members (Ed, Nirupam, Lance, John, and Eric). Headed out on Darrell’s new 35 foot inflatable. That thing is nice! Plenty of room for everyone and their gear, lots of seating, could easily get 12 of us on there with gear for two dives.
The battleship Iowa had been pulled into San Pedro harbor to start as a floating museum there. We got to cruise over to it and check it out, before a quick trip out to the Eureka. We encountered some dolphins along the way that cruised in our wake, while the stereo blared out some excellent old school metal.
At the rig, we quickly got in the water. The hunters headed in first (we are always a bit eager), while Nirupam got his new camera rig set and headed for deep water. Viz was about 40 feet, with water temps from 54 – 58 depending on depth. There were lots of salph chains floating around under the surface (first time I’ve seen them in person), and there was an incredible amount of life around the rig – cabezon protecting their territory, sheephead, rock fish, schools of juvenile rock fish and blacksmiths, as well as some very protective garibaldi, to name a few.
With the first dive accomplished, we spent our surface interval on the boat, and got to watch the crew boat pick up and drop off guys at the rig. Seems like swinging onto it would be pretty fun, although the stay probably doesn’t make up for it.
The second dive was as good as the first – collecting some scallops, more fish, and pics. Once we had everyone back on board, we jetted back to the harbor, and called it a day.
Definitely looking forward to the next trip out there in August. Join us!