Re: Abalone death at stillwater cove
Yikes, always sad to hear. I also switched my knife to my arm rather than leg as it has a tendency to tangle up there. Never had a problem on my arm.
The thick kelp is indeed tough, but the good news is it is easy to see from the surface. I'm far from being an expert, but I've found that the pockets in between thick kelp areas are very fruitful and as a bonus it is more cover.
I think the trick is to get a good look from the surface at where the kelp is before you go down and head back up long before you need to.