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10/27/2012 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 198FSW Avg Depth:  
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The weather was looking great for once and I could finally get rid of the helium mix sitting in my 130s. Unfortunately John H. teased the weather gods by guaranteeing good weather. The very next day the weather report turned nasty and we were all cursing John. The call was made to go anyway and see for ourselves. Down at the dock things looked good so we set out with Erik, John, Allison, Jim, Doug, and myself. It was a bit rough getting out of the bay but once outside things calmed down all the way to Lunaticos. The teams jumped in and Jim and I decended down with my left ear complaining all the way to about 120. There I had to stop and persuade it a bit before continuing down to 200. The water clarity was very good with about 80 feet all over at the bottom. We scootered around following the ridges north and south which were richly covered in gorgonians, 20 or 30 vase sponges, schools of juvenile rockfish, and hydrocoral. After what seemed like minutes we ascended to our second level and spent another short interval scootering around the structure and enjoying every second. Deco was uneventful till we reached the 20 foot stop and had to avoid the monster sized jellies. Once on the surface the crew grabbed our bottles and the chicken massacre began. Trying not to push our luck we headed back to the bay and some did a second dive near Shale Island. All in all a great day and we were all glad we called the weather gods bluff.
10/20/2012 Shale Beds by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 5' - 50' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 52F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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I was originally signed up on the BAUE tech boat, but, due to conditions it was cancelled. Fortunately I was able to hook up with Carol and she had room on XT SEA. We gathered at the Breakwater dock and chatted with old friends and then off we went. Our first dive was at Outer Lovers. After Carol practiced some skills for her check out dive, we meandered around until it was time to ascent. After a nice lunch we decided to go to the Steam Engine on the second dive. A few weeks ago we were there. I videoed the steam engine. I was also able to video a sweet family of Juvenile Canary Rockfish. I was told there was a propeller near by, so todays goal was to dive the Steam Engine and locate the Propeller. We dropped down past the initial mucky waters and the vis opened up to about 40-50ft. Carol ran line from her anchor to the Steam Engine and Propeller and to the deep shale beds. Along the way were about 4 Lingcods, many Blue Rockfish, Juvenile Canaries, Black Rockfish, Olive Rockfish, Vermillions,Kelpfish, Copper Rockfish, Black Perch and many more. You can say it was Rich in Diversity..

Here is some video. The GoPro is fun. Some camera shake, but, still fun to show what is on the dives.

Juvenile Canary Family
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcKn3RlR_ro

Steam Engine/Propeller/Many Fish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h84u_dUScQM

Thanks to Carol, Larry and Dan for a fun day.


10/15/2012 Pt Lobos by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 80' Time:10:36 AM
Temp: 52F - 57F Surge:  
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth: 58FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 2:28
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After the last BAUE Tech 2 charter on 09/09/2012 was cancelled John and I reserved this day to dive off Phil Sammet's boat so we could use up our full doubles of 15/55. But then Phil's boat trailer lost a wheel so we had to change plans again and decided to do a shallower scooter dive with Gary. Water in the cove was silty but visibility opened up beautifully out in deeper water. Gary led us on a long tour out through Bluefish Cove. This ended up being one of the longest run times I've ever done but fortunately the water wasn't too cold.

I posted a new album with the pictures.
http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/Pt_Lobos_20121015/
10/13/2012 Monastery South aboard Monterey Express by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House
Visibility: 20' - 30' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 45FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single Deco Tanks:
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ReefCheck concluded surveying at South Monastery and Carmel River Beach. This was a celebration event with surveyors showing up in full costumes. Arrrrr...... We were told by the Pirates if we didn't survey, we would have to walk the plank. Shimmering in my boots I did what I was told. :-) I buddied up with Carol and off we went. Lots of large Anenomies and surveyed fish were counted at the first site. It is always fun to pester some of the other divers on these dives!!!

The second site was Carmel River. Many Juvenile Rockfish were noticed. ReefCheck calls them Young of the Year. Surge on this transect made things extra fun. As we were making our ascent near the ladder of the Monterey Express, I enjoyed the rays of sun light coming through the dense kelp.

On our ride back in, we were greeted by Risso Dolphins spy hopping. I finally got a chance to meet Jan Fried, the Science Director of ReefCheck. I'm looking forward to hearing more about our data outcomes that will be presented soon.

Amazing Group Divers. All for the Healthy Reefs.



9/29/2012 Ship rock by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
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During the weekend a group of BAUE divers visited Catalina Island for the 2012 GUE conference. As part of the conference the team was able to get some fun diving done, including destinationa as Ship Rock, Casino Point and others.

Susan and I had visited Catalina many years ago during the production of the "California Diving
DVD" way before there was a GUE community in the area and diving logistic for tech diving were extremely difficult at that time. For that reason we limited our depth to 100ft while using 32%, but I have always wanted to go back there with proper gear.

As we motored to Ship Rock on Saturday morning we had dolphins visiting the boat, and the clear blue water conditions made these creatures look more magnificent as they rode the ship's bow. The conditions were a bit knotty with winds and white caps but as we arrived at the site the boat was able to find a sheltered area, and as the say in the island... the pool is open!

Susan and I jumped in, clipped our 70ft bottles and scooters and motored to the rock. We descend to find warm, blue and clear water with nice kelp all the way to the surface. We dropped to about 100ft and headed north. After a couple of minutes we found our target for the first part of the dive. A series of large boulders going from 120-150ft. There we found many tall red gorgonias, several of which were covered with yellow zoanties making them like colorful chandeliers hanging from the boulders. We located a nice California Scorpion fish as we slowly travelled on the boulder for about 15min. After reaching the end of the wall we headed up to about 120ft and headed back to the top of the drop of. We ran into a large schools of fish, so thick that while Susan and I were no more than 10ft apart we could not see each others due to the fish moving around us.

After 30min of fun we headed up and entered a warm kelp forest full with Garibaldies, California Lobster and sea lions. We ascended in 5min interval every 10ft while slowly going around the rock and taking in these vistas as much as we could.

As we moved into the shallow section we encountered a large group of seal lions that we quite friendly. We hanged about 40min with this creatures and the more time we spend the more they relaxed and allow us to be part of the group. At some point both Susan and I were hovering upside how about 10ft from the surface while all the seas were locking at us, barking and moving their little arms.

After about 100min of fun we reluctantly headed back to the boat as the last divers were getting back on board.

An amazing dive I will always remember :-)

We all had a good time at the GUE conference sharing with old and new friends while doing some fun diving in Catalina.


9/22/2012 Pt Lobos by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Doug Simmons
Visibility: 15' - 35' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 51F Surge: 2'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 75FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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I was very lucky to be able to buddy up with Doug Simmons. I haven't dove with him and thought he would be perfect to buddy up with and to start collecting data for GUE's Project Baseline. Besides, I got to see Eleanor. Anywho... We decided since we had our scooters to visit all the sites and collect data. Worm Patch, Hole in the Wall, Lone Metridium, Sea Mount, End of Middle Reef, Granite Point Wall. I clipped on my data slate and attached my GoPro and off we went. All the usually suspect were present. At Granite Point Wall, there were three large anenomes eating a long salp chain. They were sharing the meal!! Lot of juvenile rockfish at the end of Granite Point Wall. Barnacles are still covering the reefs! Although we were not visited by the friendly harbor seal, we did get visited by a 3 rainbow perch, 2 pile perch, and a Gopher Rockfish at the worm patch on the way into the cove.

I inputted the data into the software for BAUE's project baseline and it is very very easy! Now all I need to do is download some video!! :-)

Fun day of diving. Thanks Doug and please thank Felicity for letting you come out to play.
9/15/2012 Pt Lobos aboard Monterey Express by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Carol Cohn, Vincent
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 60FSW Avg Depth: 45FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:50
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single HP100Deco Tanks:
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The benefits of being apart of ReefCheck is that you get to go to sites that are off limits to divers. It was an eye opener being able to survey The Weston Site and watch the huge... I mean Gigantic Vermilions, Coppers and Gopher Rockfish swim past you. They were chasing each other!!.. Must be a nursery of eggs around or something. The Kelp is very dense in that area. Being able to dive the site is worth getting certified in ReefCheck. Along with the site you will meet other researchers that are Marine Biologist and learn more about the species.

I was surveying Invertebrates and Algae with a Marine Biologist named Vincent. Carol Cohn and Dida Kutz were buddied up as a team.

The area is filled with huge boulders that display large swim through cracks and crevices that I don't see at our regular Pt Lobos sites. I was thinking at the time of surveying, how lucky I was to be able to experience being there.

Our second survey was at the Middle Reef at Pt Lobos. Once again, as many times I have dove there, Saturdays dive seemed to be a new site. We were over on the Eastside of the Middle Reef. I saw a huge tree branch in about 50ft of water. I have never seen that there before.

Thanks to ReefCheck for the opportunity!!!

It was a FUN day and a nice way to give back to ocean.



8/26/2012 Yankee Pt Step aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 53F - 53F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 255FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:50
Bottom Gases: 15/65Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Susan and I were scheduled for tech charter on Sunday. Reports from the Sat R3 trip ranged from 2-3ft vis at Flintstone, and divers not wanting to do a second dive due to bad visibility. For that reason we were not very excited about going diving. However, others on the boat were eager to go checked it out and we decided that it was so flat that at least we would have a nice dive out enjoying the ocean and the whales.

We motored out to find red water from Point Pi~nos and south. There was talking on going as far south as necessary until we found some clear water. As we push past Yankee Point we noticed a changed in water color so we decided to drive back and check how the water looked in some of these sites. We motored over Deep Flintstone, and Birthday Wall/Yankee Step/Secret Spot and conditions looked similar. A bit green, but at least it was not red. We discussed going farther south or dive one of these sites. Nick and John were for checking these sites do we settled for this area.

We jumped from the boat, and we had to abort the descend due to a leaky glove. It was fixed in about 5min and the dive went on the way. Water was green at the surface and at 130ft it was totally black, like a night dive, but vis was in the 10-15ft. We could not see the top of the pinnacle until we got to about 170ft, where we found a nice peak covered with corynactus. We descend following the sharp wall to about 250ft and leveled there. There was not current at all and we slowly moved north following the walls. There were tons of rocks fish including many juveniles cow cods, and some nice yellow eyes. We located a pack of small octopies and we were hoping to see the mother but not luck. We swam back south and scooters around the back-side of the wall. After 20min at the bottom we move to towards the top and found very interesting canyons all covered with invertebrates, and some very large lingcods were filling all the crevices. After a 30min dive we called and drifted during the deco.

We surface to find a sunny day with blue sky and the view of the mountains on the background. I could see Pico Blanco and Mt Carmel as we waited for the boat to
pick us. Wonderful to have clear sky with no fog :-)

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