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Sea Urchin Diving 1979-1983

http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/002/cache/kelp-catalina-island_255_600x450.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1979, no rx ortho tri cyclen I began the greatest adventure of my life. No rx ortho tri cyclen For four years I dove Click here: Sea Urchins off the California Coast. No rx ortho tri cyclen I had fished commercially for 3 years prior to that time on the east coast. No rx ortho tri cyclen I started out fishing from Gloucester, no rx ortho tri cyclen MA I began fishing Sea scallops on scallop Dredge boats as first a hookup man then a winchman for 3 years. No rx ortho tri cyclen We fished mainly Georges Banks and sometimes the Phebbenes. You may have heard of Georges Banks from the movie, no rx ortho tri cyclen Perfect Storm? Three years and they were mostly years fishing scallops but I also fished on longline boats, no rx ortho tri cyclen drag boats for shrimp and fluke, no rx ortho tri cyclen (types of bottom fish similar to flounder)and black cod in Alaska. No rx ortho tri cyclen But that is another story. Urchins are considered a delicacy in Japan and are also eaten in other parts of the world. No rx ortho tri cyclen An urchin has 6 rows of eggs called uni in Japanese. No rx ortho tri cyclen They are invertabraes, no rx ortho tri cyclen covered in spines and cling to the bottom of the ocean floor. No rx ortho tri cyclen They eat kelp. No rx ortho tri cyclen Urchins vary in weight and size. No rx ortho tri cyclen California urchins probably ranged between 1/4 pound to 1 and 1/2 pounds. No rx ortho tri cyclen At that time urchins brought a market price to the boat between 20 and up to possibly 30 cents a pound depending on quality and other factors. A good diver could pick 1000 to 2000 lbs of urchins in a good day at the channel islands and 500 lbs was a pretty fair day for the coast. No rx ortho tri cyclen Divers used what is called a hookah rig or hose which was usually 300 feet long or more. No rx ortho tri cyclen A compressor on the boat supplied the compressed air and through the hose or hookah, no rx ortho tri cyclen the same principles of physics applied as if you were diving with bottles. No rx ortho tri cyclen We used 3/8 inch wetsuits. The best sea urchins are usually found in the thickest kelp ... Click here: kelp cutter Sea urchins are considered parasites to kelp cutters and can wipe out fields of kelp. No rx ortho tri cyclen Kelp is a very big industry and harvested for many uses. There are a couple types of tools used to pick urchins. No rx ortho tri cyclen They are basicly designed to keep the divers hand far enough away from the urchin to keep the diver from getting spined while he is in the process of picking. No rx ortho tri cyclen Invariably everyone was spined now and then primarily in the knees, no rx ortho tri cyclen when starting out. No rx ortho tri cyclen I once drove a spine under my thumbnail to the bottom. No rx ortho tri cyclen It did not start to hurt until I came up from under the pressure. No rx ortho tri cyclen At 60 feet you are under a great deal of pressure and you have 3 lungfuls of pressurised air in your lungs, no rx ortho tri cyclen which means if you surface quickly and hold your breath, no rx ortho tri cyclen your lungs will explode in a very short period of time. No rx ortho tri cyclen We usually dove under 100 feet and tried to follow the dive tables by at least, no rx ortho tri cyclen starting out deep, no rx ortho tri cyclen and working in shallow to keep from getting bent or decompression sickness Click here: The Bends A metal hoop with a net suspended from it was used to collect the spineballs. No rx ortho tri cyclen An inner tube was used as a float bag and these bags could have anywhere between 200 to 500 hundred pounds in them. No rx ortho tri cyclen It is quite an art to learn how to navigate a 300 lb plus bag of urchins through kelp that is sometimes 3 foot deep. No rx ortho tri cyclen Once at San Nicholas Island I picked one bag of sea urchins that weighed 998 lbs. No rx ortho tri cyclen when it hit the dock. No rx ortho tri cyclen It took 2 float bags to get it to the surface. No rx ortho tri cyclen Much of the weight is lost during transportation because the urchin releases it's water. Diving the Channel Islands is absolutely amazingly beautiful and a lot of the time visibility is terrific. No rx ortho tri cyclen The coast, no rx ortho tri cyclen however, no rx ortho tri cyclen was usually murky. No rx ortho tri cyclen The many varied types of aquatic life is undescribable. My first day of diving urchins went some thing like this. No rx ortho tri cyclen I dove to about 35 or 40 feet and there was maybe 6 inches of visibility. No rx ortho tri cyclen A strong surge made it seem like I was in a washing machine. No rx ortho tri cyclen I was disoriented and felt very uncomfortable, no rx ortho tri cyclen so I went up to the boat and dropped my picking tool. No rx ortho tri cyclen The rest of the day was spent looking for my picking tool and prying urchins of the rocks with adiving knife. No rx ortho tri cyclen Most of the time I was wrapped up in kelp, no rx ortho tri cyclen disorientated and a few times ended up in my picking bag. At the end of the day I had picked about 50 lbs of urchins and made 5 dollars. No rx ortho tri cyclen I was exhausted and discouraged. The next day I dove on another boat and did not fair much better. No rx ortho tri cyclen We were diving for Sea Agar, no rx ortho tri cyclen a type of seaweed. No rx ortho tri cyclen We were diving right off the breakwater in very shallow water and with a very strong surge, no rx ortho tri cyclen like a washing machine. No rx ortho tri cyclen Things were going along fine when I felt a tug on my mask and noticed somehowfishing line had looped around my mask, no rx ortho tri cyclen you know the clear monofilament. No rx ortho tri cyclen I did not have a knife and so I was having to unloop it from my mask when I felt a tug and realized it was also wrapped around my flipper. No rx ortho tri cyclen I knew if I panicked I was dead. No rx ortho tri cyclen After what seemed like eternity I unravelled myself from thefishing line and almost instantly found myself being dragged along the bottom by the hose hooked to my regulator and tied to my weightbelt. No rx ortho tri cyclen The boat was dragging anchor and to make it worse we had a dive tender someone who's topside and supposed to be tending the boat. No rx ortho tri cyclen He was laid back without a clue. No rx ortho tri cyclen Needless to say that was his last trip. No rx ortho tri cyclen I worked all day and picked 2 hundred pounds that day and made 20 dollars. No rx ortho tri cyclen Needless to say I was discouraged. On my third day I was at Santa Barbara Island and picked 600 pounds of urchins and was estatic. No rx ortho tri cyclen The best day I had, no rx ortho tri cyclen many years later, no rx ortho tri cyclen was at San Nicholas Island and I brought up 2, no rx ortho tri cyclen998 lbs of urchins. No rx ortho tri cyclen We hit what was called a blackout. No rx ortho tri cyclen But that pales in comparison to my good friend and mentor who is stilldiving and fishing in Alaska. No rx ortho tri cyclen He once dove 5000 pounds a day for 3 days. If I had not met Mark I would have never dove. No rx ortho tri cyclen Here is a picture of his boat in Alaska 29 years later. Click here: Ketchikan Daily News | Mark's Boat During those years we dove Catalina and San Clemente, no rx ortho tri cyclen Santa Cruz Island, no rx ortho tri cyclen Santa Rosa Island, no rx ortho tri cyclenAnd San Miguel. But under the water was always best.. We encountered every type of sea creature almost everyday. No rx ortho tri cyclen They claim the the sheepshead fish eats urchins and I once swam with them in caves off San miguel Island. No rx ortho tri cyclen They were twice the size of me!! A Click here: Sea Elephant swam straight toward me once at San Nicholas Island, no rx ortho tri cyclen I just froze and he just swam on by Thankfully. Click here: Garibaldi are beautiful fish But the Giant Moray Eel are fun to feed and they will follow you around. No rx ortho tri cyclen All the fish love urchins and when you accidentally break one open the fish swarm like crazy. No rx ortho tri cyclen As vicious as the eels look, no rx ortho tri cyclen these morey eels are rather friendly , no rx ortho tri cyclen but don't stick your hand in some dark hole!! My best friends under water were the seals . No rx ortho tri cyclen They are like playful little dogs. No rx ortho tri cyclen Some of them liked to pull stunts like pulling on the dive hoses or trying to untie your bag full of urchins. No rx ortho tri cyclen They would swim straight at you then veer off a second before they hit you. No rx ortho tri cyclen Sometimes they would blow bubbles in our face as if mimicking us. No rx ortho tri cyclen This seal looks friendly enough. No rx ortho tri cyclen By the way Ever seen an underwater bug? The first day that I actually dove was a little rough. No rx ortho tri cyclen I went under the boat with shark attack Jack and swam around with one of the divers at a depth of around 35 feet. No rx ortho tri cyclen It was great.  The rest of the article can be found at: http://www.squidoo.com/Pugs1