We were on the Escapade today. We got loaded and underway in short order and were almost out of the bay by 7:15. The sky was clear and beautiful with a deep red and orange sunrise. Wonderful way to start the day despite the early hour. :-)
The winds and swells were both WSW so Mono Lobo seemed a good choice. With the reasonable winds and swells, we were on site and anchored by 7:40 - gotta love the speed of the Escapade!
Just as we were gearing up a whale surfaced no more than 50' away. Looking overboard the water looked to be very blue and clear. Definitely a good start to the day.
We had a "loose group of four". Clinton, Pete, Nick and myself were going to dive as a group, but the true teams were Clinton and myself and Pete and Nick.
We dropped down at 8am. There were particles and life suspended in the water reducing vis slightly but it was still a healthy 40' in most places. We cruised through the kelp and large boulders and pinnacles. The geography of this area is always inspiring. Apparently a harbor seal was hiding out behind me, but I had no idea and unfortunately Clinton didn't get his camera set up in time to get footage. He went over to Nick for a little then disappeared. He rejoined us toward the end of the dive.
There were some large groups of rockfish hanging out. For a little while I hung out in the middle of the school trying to pretend I was a fish. I don't think they were buying it, but they let me hang out with them anyway. Probably out of pity.
Clinton found a nice octopus hanging out in a crack. He's still trying to decide which species, but it was a cool octo regardless of species. :-)
A nice, relaxing enjoyable dive. Can't argue with that!
To view some still frames from the video taken on this dive click here.