Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday Evening, August 28, 2010

It was lovely at Avila yesterday evening but kind'a crowded. The weather and the water was warm so there were still a lot of people both on the beach and in the water at 5 PM. There were also a lot of seals in the water. As individuals and in groups of up to a dozen, there were seals on both sides of the pier. They seemed to be frolicking rather than feeding. Last year I would of called this number of seals a 'high normal', but since there have seen so few seals this year this is the most that I have seen at one time. There were a few pelicans about who would occasionally take an individual dive at a fish. The water was fairly clear and 61 degrees. There was a steady breeze from left to right and a small chop on the water, but no whitecaps. Swimmers were Niel, Pete, Ryan, Lynne and Rob. We swam the buoy line/pier triangle counterclockwise. We had to wait a bit after we regrouped where the 4th buoy used to be while a commercial fishing boat came in along the pier and took a slow turn around to the right before motoring off. We had plenty of seals heads popping up to check us out whenever we stopped. The wind had died by the time we got to the end of the Avila Pier so we had smooth condition for the last half of the course. There were two real cold spots that woke me up out of my warm water comfort but they were not too large. We were in the water about 40 minutes.


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