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6/22/2013 Pt Lobos by Paul Festa -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Greg Saiz, Paul Festa
Visibility: 70' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 46F Surge:  
Max Depth: 85FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:31 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Inspired by high-amp-hour, trigger-heavy, heated-vest-happy Team Gavin gearing up slowly in the lot, and also by the fantastic conditions of late, Greg and I endeavored a scooter worthy kick dive. First stop was Gary’s Rock Garden. A long overhead carpet of young blues ushered us through “the doors.” Inside, the blues carpet kept unfolding just below the kelp covered surface. Looking up, the kelp was translucent against bright sunshine and the blues took on a shimmering glow. Dramatic sun-shade contrasts generated a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors on the magnificent maze of reefs. In spots it was raining YOY.

Our extended range mission plucked us from the Garden and we kicked our way back towards the Cove. Once Lone Metridium’s white Q-tip emerged we headed north to Sea Mount, where we encountered Lings dead and alive. From the northern edge of Sea Mount Beto’s was in sight and beckoning, so off we kicked. We rode high along the ledge and took in the stunning panoramic view. Upon reaching the end of the second segment of the reef chain we turned back. Bouncing off Sea Mount we headed over the two tires and straight into the bright and blue Sand Channel. Bag shoot at the Worm Patch and valve drill off the ramp wrapped up a perfect dive.
4/20/2013 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Erik Sandvik, Doug Simmons, John Heimann
Visibility: 1' - 15' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 51F Surge:  
Max Depth: 151FSW Avg Depth: 136FSW
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:18
Bottom Gases: 21/35,18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80,HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
1s,3s,8,8
 
Erik, Doug and I did a dive on 420 today (no, not that kind of 420, I'm talking about the date, of course). We were the only team on the BAUE Boat today, but were all happy to get in water considering the streak of bad weather we've had the last couple months. Although fog and rough seas confined our dive choices to the Bay, we had good training conditions (15' vis and totally dark water at the bottom, 1' vis on deco) and saw some interesting nudibranchs on the dive. These included a large Tochuina tetraquarta munching on a gorgonian, and an enormous (at least 12" long) Pleurobranchia Californica out on the sand a bit north of the reef.
4/13/2013 Great Pinnacle by Gary Banta -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Suzanne Baird, Andrew Yasinsky, Gary Banta
Visibility: 25' - 100' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 46F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 95FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 1:20 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Andrew, Suzanne and I converged on Whaler's Cove hoping for better conditions that previous weeks. The wind forecast was bad. The rec boat was cancelled but the surface conditions in the morning looked much better than Friday.

We planned to get as close to GP as we could based on viz. We provided a towing service to from the ramp to HITW for Fofo and Jiri. Viz was 25 (instead of 5 -10 like it had been during the few weeks. We struck off to Great Pinnacle following the 85' contour and made it in under 10 minutes. Viz was spectacular. At 90 feet the surface was visible as was the kelp on the structure. I couldn't see bottom on the north (160') side but the bottom on the Blue Fish side with visible at great distance.

After one lap, we followed the east side of Marcos Pinnacle up the "the pass" and crossed west into Blue Fish's shallows, turned and returned home.

The water was VERY cold at 46 degrees. I think the wind has driven the upwelling and delivered clean, cold water to the open areas. WIthout long period swell the deep water vis is quite nice.

A beautiful dive.

Gary
3/30/2013 Pt Lobos by Jon McNeill -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jon McNeill, Dionna House
Visibility: 15' - 20' Time:10:39 AM
Temp: 51F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 91FSW Avg Depth: 54FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:37
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
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Didn't think I was going to get to dive at Point Lobos this weekend, but then Andrew Yasinsky posted that he had an extra reservation. Dionna grabbed it and took pity on my buddy-less situation, and we were ready to go. Well, almost. There was a little paperwork snafu and the reservation didn't seem to actually exist, but Dionna was super-charming, the rangers were super-helpful, and we were soon squared away.

Whaler's Cove was glassy flat, amazing. We kicked out to just East of the Worm Patch and dropped down. Headed to the end of Middle Reef to take some video of the memorial plaque there for the upcoming BAUE man-made objects survey. Some big Gopher Rockfish hanging out in the kelp and rocks. From there, we headed past Hole in the Wall and towards Sea Mount to take some more video, this time of the submerged tire on the way to Sea Mount. Visibility was ok but not great, 15-20 feet. A beautiful, vibrant-red juvenile Vermilion posed for us a little later, and then Dionna took us out to Beto's Reef since I had never been there. We turned the dive there, and headed back in past a nice size Cabezon and tons of nudies (including a beautiful Triopha Catalinae).

On arriving back at the Worm Patch, I shot a bag for practice and up we went. Was so nice to walk up the boat ramp on such a calm day, like emerging from a swimming pool. Was also great to get to finally meet and dive with Dionna, and to see all the other BAUE folks in the parking lot. Hopefully we also got some useful video for the upcoming project. Of course, Dionna will edit out any shots where I am in anything less than perfect trim. =)
3/27/2013 Pt Lobos by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: John Heimann, Carol Fields
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 48F Surge:  
Max Depth: 85FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 0:35
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single LP95Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
I took advantage of my birthday (and lots of unpaid overtime) to take the day off so that I could dive with Carol in her beautiful new TLS sea green TLS suit. We swam out to Seamount. Having your fiancé actually enjoy a cold water dive is a fine birthday present!
3/2/2013 Pt Lobos by mykle hoban -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Suzanne Baird, mykle hoban
Visibility: 30' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:40 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Saturday was a BAUE party at Lobos. With Beto running a fundies class and several dive teams going in, we were out in force. Suzanne and I did a nice leisurely kick dive out along middle reef and then across to hole in the wall and out to Beto's reef. Visibility was moderate, maxing out around 30ft (maybe) at 100fsw. The surge was intense even at depth, which made getting out at the boat ramp an interesting adventure.

Photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadwarmachine/sets/72157632928786652/
2/9/2013 K1 aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:10:30 AM
Temp:   Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 155FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Susan and I went on Phil's boat today. Conditions were a bit rough, with large swells and forecasted winds for the afternoon so we decided to stay away from shore and Susan motored the boat towards the Mt. Chamberlin area. I dove K2 last weekend so we decided to try the sister pinnacle K1. We dropped the hook,
did our check and jumped into the water to find a very strong current coming from the south. We scootered against it and after a while we made it to the peak and then down the wall.

The best part of the dive was a free swimming wolf eel that I almost put my hand on top of it before I realized it was there. The red gorgonias patches at about 150ft were spectacular.

The weather got much worst for the afternoon so we were happy to squeeze one dive before the worst part of the storm hit the area.

Ready to be dry and warm for the weekend :-)


2/2/2013 K2 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Joakim Linde, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 40' - 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 215FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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It seems like a year since I last dove with Joakim. He's such a nice guy. I really enjoyed diving with hi. Today, Jim, Joe and myself were diving on the Escapade Tech boat. Conditions did not look promising but we were able to dive K2 pinnacle. We followed the wall North and enjoyed some of the deeper sections of the structure. We found a baby Cow Cod inside a vase sponge, some basket stars and almost went under the little arch that comes out on the West Wall, but we ran out of time for it :-(

We met with Eric and Dough at the top of the pinnacle where a huge school of rock-fish was hanging around.

Nice to be in the water :-)
1/12/2013 Deep E3 aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 60' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 195FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
 


Nice day of diving and surveying!! Temperatures were a little on the cold side. Orcas on the ride back to the bay!!

E3 and Deep E3
1/14/13
S=Single, F=Few 2-10, M=Many 11-100, A=Abundant >100, P=Present
Vis 80ft
Bottom Time 40minutes
Depth 120-195ft
Temperature 48-50 F
Habitat Reef
Conditions Mild Surge

Fish
Greenlings
Kelp Greenlings F
Lingcod F
Painted Greenlings F

Rockfish
Gopher F
Copper F
Blue A
Olive M
Vermilion S
Canary F
China S

Invertebrates
Masking Crab S

Cnidarians
Strawberry Present

Coral/Gorgonian
Hydrocoral
Purple Hydrocoral M
Red Gorgonian M

Sea Stars
Bat Star A
Giant Spined Star M
Sunflower Star F

Chiton
Rock Scallop F

Enjoy the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wcHCWkjw44


1/12/2013 E3 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Doug Simmons, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 0:50
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Yesterday I was thinking about content for next weekend presentation about
BAUE and mapping at Point Lobos. I was looking for the first image that the Sea Floor Mapping Lab shared with us which I think it's about 10hr old by now. That was the first time we saw all the pinnacles in the north-west of Point Lobos, and soon after we dove E3 (Elephant Ear Extravaganza was the original name an so the E^^3 name) for the first time. I got tired of looking for the image and turned on the TV.

Interesting coincidence today during the tech-charter we headed out with some large swells, and strong south wing. The Captain decided to look for protection on the north side of Lobos and suddenly we're descending on E3 with about 100ft of visibility :-)

The downline was at about 130ft near the shallow peak of the pinnacle. There were tons of rock-fish at the top and several large ling-cods resting on the white sponges. We swam across the main valley that splits the reef in two, and I searched for the first encrusted yellow gorgonia we noticed in that area. It looked yellow from far away but as you got closer it became evident it was covered with yellow zonthaid. I still remember Sami's picture of it :-).

Image 1

Image 2

I could not find it :-(

Doug point it to me the peak of the sister pinnacle and we headed there for a little spin before ascending on the main structure and deploying out SMB.

Nice flash back down to memory lane ;-)



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