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Old 08-18-2017, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Pacific Beach/San Diego
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Snorkeled the last 2 days in a row since I had family visiting (taking a day off from the sun today lol). Swam with a ton of leopard sharks yesterday and saw many rays.Visibility was excellent too.
Was that between La Jolla beach and the cove? I really want to take my son to see the leopard sharks, and I know this time of the year that that is where they often are.
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:45 PM
 
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Was that between La Jolla beach and the cove? I really want to take my son to see the leopard sharks, and I know this time of the year that that is where they often are.
Yah it's by the Marine Room. I used to like going to the cove but since the bacteria level there is so high, I haven't gone. I was really surprised to see so many sharks yesterday since I think you are more likely to see a lot next month. I went a few times to see them this summer and until yesterday, only saw 1 lol. The water temperature was nice too yesterday 71 degrees. I think there is a correlation between seeing them and going in low tide.The visibility was so good you could see their spots lol.
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Where do you put in when you kayak on the Sea, Jenkay? Do you use the ramp at the state recreation area on the east side, or go somewhere else?
Yes, the ramp behind the visitors' center.
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:16 PM
 
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Yes, the ramp behind the visitors' center.
Thanks. I may have to give that a try some day.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:31 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Thanks. I may have to give that a try some day.
It's really cool, I highly recommend. Also the Rangers do free kayak tours on weekends in the winter/spring that are usually a couple of hours long, so if you don't feel like dragging equipment out there that's a good way to do it
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:42 PM
 
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It's really cool, I highly recommend. Also the Rangers do free kayak tours on weekends in the winter/spring that are usually a couple of hours long, so if you don't feel like dragging equipment out there that's a good way to do it
A Ranger led tour sounds great! I've always found the Rangers at the Visitor's Center to be so friendly and helpful about answering questions, so I imagine going with them would be excellent. I'm adding the kayak tour to my list for this winter! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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1. Area of the county where you live

Allied Gardens - approx. 9 miles inland from the nearest beach.

2. On average, how often do you actually spend time on the beach (ocean only please and I am not talking about driving by in a car or on your bike, but actually being on the sand:

We usually go to the beach currently (at your description), once a month, paired with an eating trip at a restaurant that sits right above the beach, we walk down to the beach afterwards.

3. When/if you go to the beach, what type of activities do you generally do there?

Currently, we just walk or sit.

4. During the time you've lived in San Diego County, have your beach-going habits changed or remained the same?

Changed---drastically. I first moved to SD and lived one block from the beach in Del Mar, went to the beach to swim and surf virtually every day back then.

Moved east and it was a 20 mile drive to the beach and trips were reduced to once every two weeks, depending on season, to swim, surf, walk, picnic.

Moved closer to the beach (9 miles out) and again, depending upon season, we'd go at least once a month...to swim, walk, picnic.

In the last year we go usually once a month, to walk, NEVER swim. A year ago this month, I was wading in the water near Scripps Pier and developed a really bad infection in one of my legs almost immediately (by that night), developed cellulitis, couldn't walk on it for nearly a month...it really screwed-up my work schedule (I'm self-employed). My leg has never been totally the same again since. Bouts of intense itching, it's been discolored red ever since,...I'm quite frankly afraid to go back in the water again. Since then I've done a lot of research on water-born bacteria/infections in the area. There have been numerous cases of it, including with local lifeguards, but you never hear many stories about it in the news...theory being authorities don't want to scare tourists away. I reported my case to local lifeguards, as well as disease-control...was totally ignored. I even posted about it here on these CD forums and was basically laughed at.

For me, it was real. And I never go in the water anymore, can't afford to give up a month of my life not walking. And as I said, this leg has never been the same since.....
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:36 AM
 
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In the last year we go usually once a month, to walk, NEVER swim. A year ago this month, I was wading in the water near Scripps Pier and developed a really bad infection in one of my legs almost immediately (by that night), developed cellulitis, couldn't walk on it for nearly a month...it really screwed-up my work schedule (I'm self-employed). My leg has never been totally the same again since. Bouts of intense itching, it's been discolored red ever since,...I'm quite frankly afraid to go back in the water again. Since then I've done a lot of research on water-born bacteria/infections in the area. There have been numerous cases of it, including with local lifeguards, but you never hear many stories about it in the news...theory being authorities don't want to scare tourists away. I reported my case to local lifeguards, as well as disease-control...was totally ignored. I even posted about it here on these CD forums and was basically laughed at.

For me, it was real. And I never go in the water anymore, can't afford to give up a month of my life not walking. And as I said, this leg has never been the same since.....
Carolochs, I remember when you wrote about your infection after swimming here last year. I'm sorry to hear that the effects are still lingering for you. I actually have thought of you several times while watching people swimming in the ocean.

Did you read this article about ocean pollution & infections in the SD Union Tribune a few weeks back?

Surprise: storm runoff not main cause of illness from polluted beaches
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...731-story.html

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Old 08-25-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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1. Area of the county where you live

Allied Gardens - approx. 9 miles inland from the nearest beach.

2. On average, how often do you actually spend time on the beach (ocean only please and I am not talking about driving by in a car or on your bike, but actually being on the sand:

We usually go to the beach currently (at your description), once a month, paired with an eating trip at a restaurant that sits right above the beach, we walk down to the beach afterwards.

3. When/if you go to the beach, what type of activities do you generally do there?

Currently, we just walk or sit.

4. During the time you've lived in San Diego County, have your beach-going habits changed or remained the same?

Changed---drastically. I first moved to SD and lived one block from the beach in Del Mar, went to the beach to swim and surf virtually every day back then.

Moved east and it was a 20 mile drive to the beach and trips were reduced to once every two weeks, depending on season, to swim, surf, walk, picnic.

Moved closer to the beach (9 miles out) and again, depending upon season, we'd go at least once a month...to swim, walk, picnic.

In the last year we go usually once a month, to walk, NEVER swim. A year ago this month, I was wading in the water near Scripps Pier and developed a really bad infection in one of my legs almost immediately (by that night), developed cellulitis, couldn't walk on it for nearly a month...it really screwed-up my work schedule (I'm self-employed). My leg has never been totally the same again since. Bouts of intense itching, it's been discolored red ever since,...I'm quite frankly afraid to go back in the water again. Since then I've done a lot of research on water-born bacteria/infections in the area. There have been numerous cases of it, including with local lifeguards, but you never hear many stories about it in the news...theory being authorities don't want to scare tourists away. I reported my case to local lifeguards, as well as disease-control...was totally ignored. I even posted about it here on these CD forums and was basically laughed at.

For me, it was real. And I never go in the water anymore, can't afford to give up a month of my life not walking. And as I said, this leg has never been the same since.....
Did you see a specialist/doctor and what did they say?
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:44 AM
 
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Hi Rosie.....Yes, I did see that article....thanks. And yes, I did go to my doctor right away. His diagnosis was "cellulitis".

Cellulitis occurs when certain types of bacteria enter through a cut or crack in the skin. Cellulitis is commonly caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria. But not limited to just those bacteria...

I had just shaved my legs the morning of the incident and suspected a small nick was how bacteria entered. I ended up being on antibiotics & bedrest for a month. My leg was so swollen I literally could not walk on it, it felt like an over-stuffed sausage about to burst. And the itching, my God... was the most intense itching I've ever felt in my life. I still have periodic bouts of recurring itching for no explainable reason.

I've always been in good health, no immune deficiencies or anything to make me particularly susceptible to infection. In fact I used to spend so much time in the ocean, I used to think of the ocean as *healing*....saltwater therapy and all that, I felt so cleansed and healed by saltwater effects on my skin. Unfortunately, you never know what else is in there anymore as your healing saltwater *chaser*.

I would strongly advise anyone to heed the advise of never going into the ocean with open wounds of any size...even as small as a shaving nick...and keep your eyes and mouth closed if you're going to chance it regardless.

As a side note, we learned of a friend in the wake of my experience, an avid paddle boarder, who had to have some minor surgery, had an incision on his leg which healed well post-surgery, his doctor gave him the OK to go back into the water a week after his sutures were out. He went paddle boarding at La Jolla Shores. A day later, his previously well-healed incision suddenly became grossly infected, he had to be admitted to the hospital, and when they did a culture & sensitivity of the reopened wound, it was so full of every bacteria in the book, he was hospitalized for three days and on IV antibiotics until they got his infection under control. The only thing they could attribute it to was his exposure to the ocean.

For my own part, I love the ocean, but now view it as a giant toilet bowl...or worse. It took a month out of my life and if nothing else, I just don't have the time to deal with the potential risks of going through what I did, again. Makes me really sad because I LOVE the ocean, it's why my family moved to SD decades ago and it was such a big part of my existence for a very long time. In the wake of what happened to me, I did a lot of online research, and these type incidences are not uncommon, up and down both coasts. If you start hunting, you'll find the stories, too. They are largely under-reported in major news though. Prior to my incident, I probably would have poo-poo'd the threat, especially being a lifelong ocean-goer. Now.....you'll likely never catch me putting a toe in it, or even walking on the sand without shoes.
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