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3/6/2004 Flintstones aboard Escapade by Delia Milliron -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Delia Milliron, Gary Banta, Dionna House
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 48F Surge:  
Max Depth: 110FSW Avg Depth: 100FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Gary, Dionna, and I teamed up off the Escapade this past Saturday for a stellar dive at Flintstones. Jim reported the anchor was in 55 feet - dropped down to find it at 90 with the chain draped over a ridge at 80. Close enough. The chain led us to a very cool wall that we followed around and through a deep canyon. Strawberry and other small anemones covered the walls with patches of hydrocoral and of metridiums. We wrapped around the pinnacle, then turned back through the canyon to find a school of fairly mature blue rock fish hanging about. We hung around the area near the anchor until my hands got cold (no dry gloves that day). Thanks to Jim, Eric, and Todd for taking us South - it was a great day!
2/23/2004 Kinder-Garden (D3) aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Joe Talavera, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 50' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 215FSW Avg Depth: 185FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 1:28
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
Deep Stops, 2,2,6,6,4,4,5,
12 on, 6 off, 6 on, 6 up
 
Joe and I were on a mission to find some vase sponges at D3 and we spent the first 15 minutes of the dive just below 200 feet looking for them. I found one rather small example but none of the larger ones I was hoping to film. We did see a Quillback Rockfish which I had never seen in this area before. After giving up on the vase sponges we spent another 10 minutes enjoying the shallower parts of the reefs where the colorful life is denser. Deco was uneventful though the little strands of algae floating around were making me crosseyed by the time we got to the 20 foot stops. It was hard to keep my eyes focussed at the same distance.
2/14/2004 Valentine's Day Reef aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Joe Talavera
Visibility: 15' - 25' Time:4:00 PM
Temp: 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 195FSW Avg Depth: 185FSW
Bottom Time: 0:26 Total Time: 1:32
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
Deep Stops, 3,3,6,6,4,4,5,
12 on, 6 off, 6 on, 6 up
 
Diving with Joe, Susan and Beto on a Saturday afternoon deep dive in the bay. We poked around for a while north of Aumentos looking for some diveable reef. Eventually we found some suitable structure in the 190 foot range and dropped a downline.



Vis was so-so at best making for an almost surreal descent into the inky abyss. After what seemed like an eternity we finally started picking out some metridiums in our light beams. The reef here has about 15 feet of vertical relief with lots of metridiums, gorgonians and cup corals. Beto quickly found a basket star sitting in one of the gorgonians. Later we also saw serveral wolf eels and some interesting sponges.



Right as Joe and I were about to call our dive I spotted an interesting nudibranch on the sand. To Joe's exasperation I dropped back down, turned on the camera and got some quick video of the branch which turned out to be a nocturnal critter I'd never seen before called Armina californica. I guess the lack of light (and I mean almost total lack of light) was the same thing as night for the nudibranch. Anyway after getting a quick shot I came back up and we were on our way only a minute or so late.



Still frames from the dive can be viewed here.
2/12/2004 East Pinnacle aboard Paul Braunbehrens' boat by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Paul Braunbehrens, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 25' Time:2:03 PM
Temp: 53F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 93FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:36
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
The surface conditions were picking up a little near Pt. Lobos so we cruised over toward the north side of Carmel Bay. Visibility here was slightly worse and the current near the surface was quite a bit stronger; I had to work to swim against it. When we reached the bottom Paul tied his reel in to the anchor and we headed off generally north through the rocks. Didn't find too much of interest over there so we came back and hung around near the anchor checking out some nice patches of hydrocoral. We were a little worried about the current getting worse so we kept the bottom time short.
2/12/2004 Great Pinnacle aboard Paul Braunbehrens' boat by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Paul Braunbehrens, Nick Radov
Visibility: 25' - 30' Time:11:10 AM
Temp: 51F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 121FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:39 Total Time: 0:47
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Paul finally found a day to dive again after several months out of the water and invited me out on his boat. After a couple tries we managed to anchor near the top of the pinnacle and headed down the line. There was a very slight current running and as we swam down we passed right through a school of blue rock fish hovering in the water. Then just as the structure came into sight we spotted a medium-size male sheepshead that stuck around us for much of the dive. After moving the anchor we dropped down the wall on the north side and headed clockwise around the pinnacle while gradually ascending. Saw all the usual stuff plus two pairs of Triopha catalinae and Diaulula sandiegensis. Once we got back near the peak the surge had picked up a little.
2/1/2004 Deep E3 aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, John Heimann, Joe Talavera
Visibility: 100' - 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 185FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
deep stops
5,4,4,4,4,12 on, 6 off 6 on, 6 up
 
After the big seas of saturday we were expecting nasty conditions today, but conditions were surprisingly flat on the surface. South winds brought cold clear water and fantastic vis (we could clearly see E3 pinnacle from deep E3). Clinton has put up some photos of the dive which show just how beautiful it was. You can view them here.
1/23/2004 Pt Lobos by Joe Talavera -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Joe Talavera, Delia Milliron
Visibility: 5' - 40' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: Mako Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
Delia and I snuck down to Lobos for a Friday dive. Conditions inside the cove weren't so hot; plenty of surge, with a blanket of low visibility right near the bottom. Once we made out way out of the sand channel and past hole in the wall, it cleared up nicely. We headed past Beto's reef and made our way to 3 Sisters. I enjoyed peering up towards the tops of the pinnacles, just enjoying the grandness of the landscape.

Deco followed to profile of the bottom quite nicely, and we found our way back to out staging buoy.

All in all, a nice way to spend a friday.

Joe
1/10/2004 Aumentos aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, David Chamberlin
Visibility: 20' - 25' Time:10:15 AM
Temp: 54F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 72FSW Avg Depth: 54FSW
Bottom Time: 0:55 Total Time: 1:01
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
After a good dive at Mono Lobo, we went over to check out Outer Butterfly. The swells were up there, so we decided to motor back to Monterey. We wanted to dive Ball Buster, but there was someone on it already, so we headed over to Aumentos.


The vis here wasn't quite as good as in Carmel and there were more particles suspended in the water. But you certainly can't sneeze at 20-25' vis.


We headed WSW and wandered around the rocks and pinnacles. We were greeted by both a male and a female Sheephead early on. The male was being a bit shy and quickly headed the other way. We caught up with the female again toward the end of the dive.


A sea lion joined us at the end of the dive. Played with me for just a bit, but then took off. We were hoping for another extended visit like last weekend, but that didn't happen.


On the way back I saw a ray buried under the sand. I flagged Clinton down, but by the time I turned back around it was gone. I didn't get a good enough look to know exactly what kind. I'm guessing a bat ray.


Another great dive, another great day. Gotta love winter!

1/10/2004 MonoLobo aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, David Chamberlin
Visibility: 30' - 40' Time:8:00 AM
Temp: 55F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 77FSW Avg Depth: 53FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 0:46
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
We were on the Escapade today. We got loaded and underway in short order and were almost out of the bay by 7:15. The sky was clear and beautiful with a deep red and orange sunrise. Wonderful way to start the day despite the early hour. :-)


The winds and swells were both WSW so Mono Lobo seemed a good choice. With the reasonable winds and swells, we were on site and anchored by 7:40 - gotta love the speed of the Escapade!


Just as we were gearing up a whale surfaced no more than 50' away. Looking overboard the water looked to be very blue and clear. Definitely a good start to the day.


We had a "loose group of four". Clinton, Pete, Nick and myself were going to dive as a group, but the true teams were Clinton and myself and Pete and Nick.


We dropped down at 8am. There were particles and life suspended in the water reducing vis slightly but it was still a healthy 40' in most places. We cruised through the kelp and large boulders and pinnacles. The geography of this area is always inspiring. Apparently a harbor seal was hiding out behind me, but I had no idea and unfortunately Clinton didn't get his camera set up in time to get footage. He went over to Nick for a little then disappeared. He rejoined us toward the end of the dive.


There were some large groups of rockfish hanging out. For a little while I hung out in the middle of the school trying to pretend I was a fish. I don't think they were buying it, but they let me hang out with them anyway. Probably out of pity.


Clinton found a nice octopus hanging out in a crack. He's still trying to decide which species, but it was a cool octo regardless of species. :-)


A nice, relaxing enjoyable dive. Can't argue with that!



To view some still frames from the video taken on this dive click here.


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