Dana Point Underwater Cleanup

So once a year a bunch of divers get together and clean part of the harbor....the underwater part of the harbor....how cool is that!!  This is the first year I could help (I needed to have my Padi dive card) and I was sooooo excited!  My friend Jaden and I volunteered to help and didn't know quite what to expect.

Slipping into the harbor was weird, there were boats all around us but volunteers had everything roped off so we would stay safe.  When we dropped below the surface I could see about 1 foot....until I kicked my flipper the first time..then it was like diving with my eyes closed.  We put out hands in the muck at the bottom of the harbor and swam along feeling for anything that wasn't supposed to be there.  At one point my mom's hand went across a ray and she screamed, it was really funny!

I felt so good to see the huge pile of trash everyone brought up, knowing that the cute sea lions I love and all the fish that are my buddies will be safe and don't have to worry about getting tangled in this stuff!  I wish I could have brought up more, but have big plans for next year's dive!