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6/24/2004 Monastery South by Pete Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Pete Gelbman
Visibility: 15' - 40' Time:8:30 PM
Temp: 50F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 50FSW Avg Depth: 34FSW
Bottom Time: 1:27 Total Time: 1:27
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Swell model looked good and skys were gray so we decided a mid-week PM trip was in order. Bumped into Marcos at the shop who was reporting beautiful vis at the Pinnacles and flat water at Monastary - he even mentioned that they could see the bottom from the surface in Whalers Cove, so we were eager to get down there. On arrival, North side was looking a just a bit too rough but south side was nice and flat so we opted for that.

After some home repairs on Dionnas flaky HID light we were ready for the hump over the beach. Peaceful entry, surfaced swam out about a 1/4 of the kelp line then dropped. Water was bit green and cloudy until about 30' depth then started to clear up. At 40-50' we got away from the surge and it was nice and clear. We headed out NW along the kelpline, foraging into to the kelp forest here & there to investigate rock formations, while keeping an eye on the sandflats for rays and other critters. Found a really cute eensy weeny octopus no bigger than a quarter who splayed himself out in terror until we left him alone. No sealions tonight, unfortunately. I've never had them not play with us at night before, they must be afraid of Dionna ;-) Temp and lack of p-valve for some team members made it necessary to come home eventually. On the way back, clouds of brine shrimp swarmed around our lights. Just before we were about to surface, we stumbled across a good size thornback ray in 16' of water who let us check him out for a nice long time - very cool.

Dionna got introduced to the pleasure of v-weights and was also happy to discover that shore diving at Monastary in doubles can be a peaceful, relaxing event.

A bit surgy but the water is looking good. Me thinks we're going to have a good weekend of diving!