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6/23/2004 Breakwater by David Macheel -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: David Macheel, Chris Goff
Visibility: 10' - 14' Time:9:00 PM
Temp: 58F Surge:  
Max Depth: 48FSW Avg Depth: 43FSW
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single LP95Deco Tanks:
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It must be an unwritten rule of diving that if you own an underwater camera, and dont take it with you, your bound to see something really cool!
Arriving at the Breakwater around 8:30 PM, the water looked pretty flat so we geared up for a nighttime dip.We dropped down around where the sand starts to drop off at an angle, and after a round of S-drills we headed out.The viz was alittle murky, but we were both using 18 watt HID's which cut through nicely.Anyway, about 15 minutes into the dive, I caught sight of something moving right at the edge of our light beams.Lingcod? I moved a little closer, and much to my surprise it was a shark.It swam away pretty quick, just over the sand.It happened so fast I wasnt sure what type, but I thought it must have been a Leopard.I figured that must be the highlight of the dive, but was I in for a surprise later on!We cruised the base of the wall just about all the way out,then turned over the sand flats for the swim in.Saw usual cast of critters, octopus and lots of rockfish.I was swimming just over the bottom around 42 ft. when I played my light beam down, and right below me was a 3 1/2 ft swell shark.I could have reached down and patted it on the head with my dryglove!
I couldnt believe it.He sat there for several seconds, then slowly swam in a big circle, heading away from the wall.It was gorgeous.Definatly the best night dive I've had in awhile.What are the odds of seeing a shark, twice, at of all places the Breakwater?!!