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12/29/2012 Pt Lobos by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Harry Wong, Ben Villao, Dionna House
Visibility: 5' - 40' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 5'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:00
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Met up with Doc Wong and Ben Villao for a fun dive at Lobos. When we arrived the ramp looked a bit sporty. Water was sloshing up to the parking lot. There were a few divers in the parking lot suiting up. Doc wanted to get in soon. Ben and I decided to wait and help some of the divers that were suiting up get in. Ben is a true public helper!! After talking to several people we discussed our dive plans. We timed our entry carefully and off we went. Water movement was strong and stirred up. While underwater we discussed some navigations and eventually found our way to Granite Point Wall. We scootered around and ended up on the West side of the wall. I did a species count while the guys kept a careful eye out for me. After about 45 minutes, we decided to head back in. Exiting was a team effort. Fun dive and extra special getting Doc Wong out in the water, seeing Ben Villao, and getting harassed by both of them.

Here is my data from todays survey.


Granite Point Wall
12/29/12
S=Single, F=Few 2-10, M=Many 11-100, A=Abundant >100, P=Present
Vis 25ft
Survey Time 22minutes
Depth 65 feet
Temperature 51F
Habitat Reef
Conditions Surgy

Fish
Greenlings
Kelp Greenlings F
Lingcod S
Painted Greenlings S

Rockfish
Gopher F
Kelp S

Surf Perch
Black Perch F
Pile Perch F

Invertebrates
Masking Crab S

Cnidarians
Strawberry Present

Coral/Gorgonian
Hydrocoral
Orange Cup Coral A

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

Nudibranchs
Sea Lemons F

Snails
Wavy Turban Snail S
Giant Key Limpet S
Chiton
Rock Scallop S

Sponges
Orange Puffball M

Algae
Giant Kelp F
Southern Sea Palm M
12/25/2012 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 30' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 130FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:30 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
While working on our Xmas plans Susan and I looked at the weather forecast for Monterey and decided an early xmas day dive was in order. We got to Point Lobos about 8:30am and Jessy greeted us with a her nice smile and welcome Merry xmas. She said the park is open every day of the year. Have to love that answer.

We got in the water as the tide was going out. We swam towards the Sea Mount and ran into a lot of creatures: Two guitar fish, 3 leopard sharks, several large sheep-heads and large school of seŮorita fish and tube-snouts. We got to Beto's reef and the dive became a slow drift. We stopped kicking as we enjoyed the terrain and the marine life. Once we go to the end of the reef the current was strong enough that we had to hide under the small walls to make our way back. On the way back we found a kelp gunnel at about 130ft (never have seen one away from the kelp), and a couple of rock grabs on the open.

On the way back we encounter the 2 playful leopard sharks (probably same ones we saw going out), and also a small harbor seal that was hanging around them. It was fun to stop at merge with the animals for a bit.

As we surfaced the rain had already started and we rapidly headed back home. We got the turkey going and have a great xmas dinner, followed by a frisbee game with our dog Naia. At 4:30pm the rain storm started, so our timing was good :-)

Merry Xmas to all!
12/8/2012 Hopkin's Deep Reef aboard XTA SEA by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 25' - 35' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 52F - 55F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 73FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:00
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
I was able to hook up with Carol and Larry Cohn for a dive Saturday, December 8th on XTA Sea, AKA Carolís RIB. The goal was to get to a site that would be manageable to dive and do a Reef survey of fish and invertebrates. The forecast was a little iffy on the more exposed sites. We decided to drop anchor at Hopkins Deep Reef. We suited up into our gear and I hooked my survey slate to one of my D-rings and off we went. We were surprised to see the conditions were very good. About 30ft-40ft of vis. Depth range was 60-73ft, bottom temps: 55F, Habitat: Reef

Here is a video of Hopkins Deep Reef
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubrtnZd573M

Shale Island was also survey and data collect.

The species I Identified while meandering around on the reef were the following.
The codes we used to record the amount of fish and invertebrate are from the Reef.org survey protocols, which are the following:
S-single; F-Few (2-10); M-Many (11-100); A-Abundant>100; P-Present

FISH
Goby:
Blackeye Goby: F

Greenling:
Kelp Greenling: F
Lingcod: S
Painted Greenling: F

Rockfish:
Blue: A
Copper: M
Gopher: M
Kelp: M
Olive: F
Treefish: F
YOY Juvenile: M
Vermilion: S

Sculpin
Cabezon: F

Surf Perch
Black Perch: F
Kelp Perch: F
Pile Perch: F





INVERTEBRATES
Arthropods
Sheep Crab: F

Echinoderms
Sea Cucumbers
California: F

Sea Stars
Bat Star: A
Giant Spined Star: F
Spiny Brittlestar: F
Sunflower Star: F

Nudibranchs
Sea Lemon: F

Snails
Kelletís Whelk: F

Chiton, Scallop

Gumboot Chiton: S
Rock Scallop: F

Shale Island Survey: 43 minute dive
Depth: 60ft, Temp: 53F, Visibility: 25ft, Habitat: Shale

Goby
Blackeye Goby: F

Greenling
Kelp Greenling: F
Painted Greenling: F

Rockfish
Black: F
Blue: M
Copper: M
Gopher: M
Kelp: M
YOY Juvenile: M

Sculpin
Snubnose Sculpin: F

Surf Perch
Black Perch: F
Kelp Perch: F
Pile Perch: F

Invertebrates
Arthropods
Sheep Crab: F

Anemones
Strawberry Anemones: Present

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

Sea Urchins
Purple Sea Urchins: F

Nudibranchs
Sea Lemons: M

Octopus
Red Octopus: F

Snails
Giant Key Limpet: F
Kelletís Whelk: A

Chiton, Scallop
Gumboot Chiton: F

Sponges
Orange Puffball: M

12/8/2012 Ballbuster aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 30' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 55F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Five of us made the recreational boat on Dec 8th. Ian, Devin, Clinton, Mark, and Gary. We took at look at the point to see if the conditions permitted us going over to Carmel but the wind and waves were picking up so we opted for Ball Buster instead. The water didnt look too bad and after we anchored Gary and I dropped down about 10 feet and immediately a Mola Mola motored right by us on its way to become a seal snack. The bottom conditions were pretty good with hardly any current or surge and about 20 feet + of visibility. Lots of the Metridiums were out, along with a few schools of Rockfish, Painted Greenlings, Ling Cods, Crabs, etc. Gary and I went around the pinnacle once and met up with the second team taking a few pictures of a very tiny wolf eel in a hole. Around we went for a second time then attempted to find the anchor which we were unsuccessful at. I put a bag up and began a nice slow ascent while checking out the jellies on the way up. Many of them had the small fish in the tentacles, which is pretty cool. We met another Mola Mola and a pair of sea lions danced and blew bubbles at us near the surface.

Once back on the boat we motored to Shale Island. After our 1 hour surface interval was up we dove back in and found the vis to be equally good at Shale. We followed the lip of the island and immediately came upon a red octopus hunting for its dinner and right next to it was a nice yellow headed fringehead. We kept finding these red octopus all along the dive. At one point two of them were fighting over a small piece of squid which was attached to a fishing lure. As Gary and I followed the island all the way round we spotted a large lingcod with the tail of a small wolf eel sticking out of its mouth, that was unfortunate but cool non the less. Great diving, Clinton has already posted some pictures at: http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/RecBoat_12_8_12/

12/1/2012 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 80' Time:9:02 AM
Temp: 57F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 146FSW Avg Depth: 90FSW
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:18
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
Deco Profile:
 
We were half expecting this charter to get cancelled due to inclement weather but luckily Jim and Matt decided to press on. Monterey Bay was flat calm and we were able to get in a nice dive at Mile Buoy reef. Visibility was excellent down to about 90ft with thousands of sea nettles (ouch). It got a little silty down near the reef but not too bad. We saw a basket star on a gorgonian, some nice large ling cod, and a good variety of rock fish. Dead mola molas littered the reef; they picked a bad spot to prey on jellyfish with so many sea lions around. The deco turned out to be the best part of the dive as we got to hang out in the clear water watching the sea nettles and sea lions. Dionna and I had a little confusion on the ascent since my depth gauge consistently read about 4ft deeper than hers.

Pictures and video are linked below.
http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/T1_20121201/
http://youtu.be/PHjnM9EaJMA
11/25/2012 Kawika's Gorgonian Garden aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, John Heimann, Nick Radov
Visibility: 15' - 40' Time:9:22 AM
Temp: 55F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 128FSW Avg Depth: 82FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:17
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104,HP100Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
Deco Profile:
 
We were on the BAUE Tech 1 charter. Swells, wind, and fog prevented us from going south so given a choice between Mile Buoy and Kawika's we picked the latter. Pictures are in the album linked below.

http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/T1_20121125/
11/17/2012 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Allison Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Allison Lee, Ian Lee, Jim MacDonald
Visibility: 40' - 50' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
The BAUE rec boat stayed in the bay at Aumentos and Hopkins Deep. We had some great conditions and sea life encounters, so I just wanted to share the photos and videos from the dives. The viz at Aumentos was excellent, though there was a stiff current that kept us all warm. Rob and Clinton posted some great pictures. We retreated to Hopkins Deep for dive 2, in hopes of avoiding the current, which we did. The viz there was not quite as good; it was clear on top but somewhat murky near the bottom. On the bottom, we saw two molas, one of which let us hang out with him for a while, and the other was on the big end of the molas that we see around here. During our ascent, we were visited by a group of curious sea lions, which stayed with us for pretty much the entire ascent. I posted a video of this dive. It just goes to show you can have some awesome dives even when the weather is not great! My full dive report is here.
11/10/2012 Wharf #2 by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 30FSW Avg Depth: 20FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 

There were surfers at the site, but, we still managed to prevail and get underwater.

Great day diving under the Wharf. Lots of Critters

Thanks to John Heimann and Carol Fields for organizing the event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWWSueMKfLc

11/3/2012 Yankee Point aboard Escapade by Allison Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Robert Lee, John Heimann, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 100' - 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 200FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
Deco Profile:
 
Saturday's tech boat made it down to Dos Gatos, where we found amazing viz, insane fish encounters, and beautiful surface conditions. We also did a second dive at Flintstones, where I saw more of the site at once than I've ever seen. Erik and I were videoing, and Rob was taking pictures (macro, sadly), so I just wanted to share them with everyone.

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