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My New Scuba Gear and a Mystery fish – can you guess?

Posted by Jason Karten on

It was a warm November day in Southern California.Had some new gear that I wanted to try out – An Aqua Lung Dimension BCD and a Cobalt dive computer.I knew the Cobalt was going to be great but I was anxious to try the Dimension with the I3 inflation system.I grabbed one of my best dive buddies and we headed for Malibu Road – one of my favorite local dive spots (If you have not dove there you should put it on your “to-dive” list.)The waves were small that day – 1 foot ankle slappers and no current.Perfect conditions.

We geared up and entered the water.Unlike other BCDs I have worn, the Dimension really hugged my body in a way that others didn’t.It truly felt like it was an extension of my own body.As we descended I fell instantly in love with the I3 system.The power inflation lever is in such a natural spot.I was stoked, no more lifting up my low pressure inflator hose! The BCD even has a built in holder for my Cobalt.I feel instantly in love with that too but that is no shock…there is a reason it is the best.

We were swimming around for about 15 minutes, circling some rocks and kelp and looking at all the sea hares.We were in 17 feet of water.About 5 min later I was swimming backwards and indicating which direction we were headed to next when I noticed my buddy’s eyes widening.I asked if he was OK. No answer. He slowly lifted a hand and calmly told me to look behind me.I turned around and came face to face with a giant. I literally almost crashed into it.At first I thought it was a shark.It was about 7 feet long, grey with a pointed snout. I stayed still and let it swim by.I then noticed a white diamond design running down the entire length of the body. This was no shark that I had ever seen. I was stumped. I reached for my GoPro and it bolted L Can you name it? I had to look it up.

Give up?

A sturgeon.This goes to show that you never know what you will see in our Southern California waters.