Harvesting the Unlikely Fruits of Oil and Gas

 Photo by Caine Delacy / Image of Platform Eureka after her beams had been cleaned down to 65 feet of all fouling and invertebrates, Long Beach, CA / Instagram @c_delacy
Photo by Caine Delacy / Image of Platform Eureka after her beams had been cleaned down to 65 feet of all fouling and invertebrates, Long Beach, CA / Instagram @c_delacy

I’m not sure what I expected when I rolled over the side of our boat to once again dive the long legs of Platform Eureka off of Long Beach. I had explored her depths before- but this time something was different…she had been ‘shaved’ down to about 65ft of all the mussels, scallops, strawberry anemones and other sessile invertebrates that had called the upper half of her home. I plunged in expecting an interesting opportunity to photograph what a ‘bare’ rig looked like in comparison to one exploding with growing life. However- I was pleasantly surprised to discover this was not the case.

A quick assessment from the surface revealed excellent visibility of at least 130 feet- judging by the fact that we could see the second crossbeam of the platform looming below us at 120 feet. Below our kicking feet, thousands of glittering juvenile jacks darted in massive schools among the beams, shifting and veering at the slightest disturbances within the water column. Though her beams were bare, they —> Read More Here

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