Noyo Pacific Kayaking

A Resources for Beginers to Experts

 
Abalone Diving
Guided Abalone Diving
Places to Kayak - Abalone Diving

The Mendocino coast is California's top producing abalone diving area. There are plenty of these delectable mollusks out there for anyone that knows where to look and is willing to get into the water. Have you wanted to try abalone diving but wanted to have an experienced diver show you how? Perhaps you have already done some abalone diving but were disappointed with the results.

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Rock Picking for Abalone
Places to Kayak - Abalone Diving

Early inhabitants living along the Mendocino coast searched for abalone among the rocks and tide pools. This simple method of hunting abalone is still a reasonable way to obtain this north coast delicacy. Those early hunter gatherers had to endure the chilly waters protected by nothing but a layer of body fat. However, today we can enjoy rock picking abalone in the comfort of a neoprene suit to insulate ourselves from the frigid waters of the pacific.

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Abalone Diving
Places to Kayak - Abalone Diving

Abalone (aba'-lo-nee) Any of several marine snail species (genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae), found in seas worldwide. The outer surface of the single shell has a row of small holes, most of which fill in as the animal grows; some remain open as outlets for waste products. Abalones range from 4 to 10 in. (10-25 cm) across and up to 3 in. (8 cm) deep. The largest is the 12 in. (30 cm) abalone (H. rufescens). The shell's lustrous, iridescent interior is used in ornaments, and the large muscular foot is eaten as a delicacy.

How to Remove a Abalone

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Mendocino Coast Places for Abalone
Places to Kayak - Abalone Diving

Mendocino Coast Abalone: The major diving attraction along Mendocino coast is abalone. Spear fishing is also popular and in August of 2000, the US National Free-diving  Spearfishing Championships were held in the Russian Gulch area just 6 miles south of Noyo.

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