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It’s pronounced MacAbee by the way. (-: We planned on diving Monastery Beach and get a nice deep dive in, however conditions were too rough. So, we ended up just doing a nice easy dive at McAbee. There is actually a web cam of the beach. Here’s a blurb on it. It’s a nice place to do an easy dive.Todays dive began pretty normal. We swam out from the beach about a hundred yards or so before dropping down into the kelp. Visibility was poor, only about 10-15 feet at best. Water was 56 on the surface and 52 degrees down around 35ft. We saw a lot of rock fish, star fish, sun stars, anemones, etc etc. It was going to be one of those not too terribly memorable dives.

We did see a Harbor Seal swimming around us on occasion. A grey, about 4ft long or so. Not too terribly large, pretty average in size for this area really. We ended up so far out in the bay that we passed half a dozen divers that were diving off of the Monterey Express dive boat. We popped up to the surface to get a bearing, and there it was only about 30-40 yards from us. Oops, we got out a bit.

What made the dive so interesting was that as we approached the shore we had three more harbor seals surface within 10 feet of us and then kind of hung around as we worked our way to shore. One of them kept swimming down around our fins as we kicked in. It actually came in and let Kirk rub it’s belly with his flippers. It rubbed up against my fins several times as we worked in. It was a really neat experience. It was cautious around us, but not afraid. It KNEW it could out maneuver us and kick our butts if we got out of line. (-:

I just wish I could have gotten a picture of it when it had my fin pinned between it’s flipper and body and was just looking at me. It was really neat.

Harbor Seal on the surface

Imagine this when your in the water with it. It’s great.

Harbor Seal Swimming underwater

Cute little guys. So curious and friendly.

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