Oil Platform Esther Swim - February 2, 2013
















This morning the Tridiots reprised the Oil Platform Esther swim that we last did on August 27, 2011Oil Platform Esther is an oil and gas production facility located offshore from Seal Beach, California. It was an oil island until a winter storm destroyed it in 1983. It currently produces approximately 500 barrels of oil per day. If we were capable of swimming in a straight line this adventure would be almost exactly three miles roundtrip. Given our navigation capabilities we are calling it a 5k. About halfway between the end of the pier and the platform we saw two grey whales spout a few hundred yards from us. Special thanks goes to Julie for protecting us in the kayak and spotting the whales.

-Juice

5 comments:

  1. that's pretty incredible. I think the whales are the special reward for having this kind of zeal.

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  2. The first two photos and minute 2:03 in the video feels like something grand. Like capturing the last few images before the end of the world. The video felt timeless. Keep taking them. Keep posting.

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  3. Above was missy. Logged in as Devin I guess.

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  4. Great video; thanks, Justin. However, it gives the impression that it was a peaceful adventure. I would reclassify it as heads down swimming seriously interrupted by treading water telling jokes. I was requested to blow the whistle when I saw a whale. Guess what? No one ever heard the whistle!

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  5. You are correct, Julie. The pictures do not do a good job illustrating the swimming portions of this adventure, only the breaks. Nobody would want to look at pictures of murky marine green-blue color though, which is what we experienced for most of the nearly two hours. I think we do it for the jokes and stories and views. I know I do. Thanks for kayaking.

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