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6/14/2003 Breakwater by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Pete Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:9:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 36FSW Avg Depth: 30FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:42
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Practiced drills for Tech 1: gas sharing, valves, reel, lift bag, etc.
5/31/2003 Montana aboard Escapade by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Alberto Nava, Sami Laine
Visibility: 50' - 70' Time:1:55 PM
Temp: 48F Surge:  
Max Depth: 149FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:15
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
7
5
3
3
4
12
6
 
We dove today at a location that's new to me, straight off Whalers Cove outside the park. Beto calls the place 'Montana' as it's a big rocky plateau in the middle of nowhere, near the Carmel Canyon dropoff! He's been here before on a looong scooter run from Whalers, but dropping right on it allowed us to spend a lot of time looking around.

This is a large area, and very scenic. The surroundings remind me of E3, that's how good it is. We took some scenery images to share, as you know what they say: "If you didn't shoot it or tape it, it didn't happen!". :-)

The surface conditions were rough on the way out and back, and the color of the water looked terrible (like coffee) from Monterey to Cypress Point. In Carmel Bay the water turned blue, it was sunny and the visibility here was excellent (50-70ft). Water was quite cold, I saw 48 degrees throughout the dive.

We saw life very similar to other deeper sites around Lobos, including Vermilion rockfish, lings, and big schools of Blue rockfish. No unusual nudibranchs this time, but the sponges here were great. A great day out!
5/26/2003 Honeymoon Rocks aboard Escapade by Pete Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Gary Banta, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:12:30 PM
Temp: 48F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 119FSW Avg Depth: 100FSW
Bottom Time: 30:00 Total Time: 0:57
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30,AL80
Deco Profile:
3
1
1
1
2
5
3
 
Little surgier and green this time until we got below 80'. Farted around another canyon just lazily enjoying the steep walls and colors. I love diving around here...

Oh yeah we saw a couple of pretty shiny hardshell looking snails - they seemed to be "molting" - I lightly touched one of their shells and it was like a dead layer of skin which split and fell apart revealing shiny new shell underneath - is that normal or do they just do that at certain times? Sorry for crappy reports - I'm obviously not a good animal ID guy...
5/26/2003 Flintstones aboard Escapade by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ian Puleston, John Heimann
Visibility: 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 52F Surge:  
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:25
Max Depth: 158FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104,HP120Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
(plenty)
 
Awesome dive. Followed the 150' line on the wall at Flintstones, around the border of narrow canyons, past pinnacles, all with lush, brightly colored covering of corynactis and hydrocoral, and plenty of fish. The bottom was brightly lit at about 200'. If the viz had been the 100' we sometimes get here this would have rated among the best dives I've ever done; as it was it was spectacular.
5/26/2003 Flintstones aboard Escapade by Pete Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Gary Banta, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:9:57 AM
Temp: 48F Surge: 5'
Max Depth: 139FSW Avg Depth: 130FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:00
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
Deco Profile:
5
3
2
2
3
5
2
 
As John already mentioned, awesome day diving! Slightly green layer till 40' then opened up nicely. Jim dropped the hook perfectly onto a 70' reef which we dropped over into a beautiful canyon that bottomed out at 130' which fit our planned profile perfectly. Lots of color, TONS of nudibranchs. Saw beautiful large pair with clear bodies and rows of large white fins (too lazy to look them up right now). John and Ian buzzed us occasionally and it was fun just watching them have fun - they looked like kids with new big-wheels flyers at xmas!
5/25/2003 Outer Pinnacles aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Anibal Mata-Sol, Nick Radov
Visibility: 25' - 35' Time:3:30 PM
Temp:   Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 109FSW Avg Depth: 90FSW
Bottom Time: 0:38 Total Time: 0:51
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP80,LP95Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Jim Capwell graciously agreed to take just five of us out today for a single dive afternoon trip. Visibility inside Monterey Bay had been poor that morning so we got around to Carmel Bay and dove near the south end of the Outer Pinnacles area. As we descended the anchor line we passed through a layer of small jellyfish, plus one large and spectacular egg-yolk jelly. After checking that the anchor was set properly atop the pinnacle we dropped down the side into a sand channel with the floor at about 100ft. Pete wanted to run a line for practice so after fumbling around with the primary tie-off for a few minutes we headed off along the wall. Visibility was quite good at depth, and there was still a fair amount of surface light; the hydrocoral really looked spectacular today. But with the swell direction today there was quite a bit of surge even down at the bottom, and that made it difficult to get in close and observe the smaller life. At one point we ran into Ian and Mark on their scooters but then they blazed off and left us in their wake (thanks for the note guys). As we came back up the anchor line there was a bit of a current running from the southeast but nothing we couldn't swim against. On the return boat ride we spotted a solitary humpback in close to shore so we hung around watching it for a while. It was a beautiful day out on the water; I'll be back tomorrow.
5/17/2003 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Isaac Callicrate, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 50' Time:2:00 PM
Temp: 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 142FSW Avg Depth: 130FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 0:55
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
deep stops, 4,2,2,3,3,7,4
 
Clinton, his friend Gordon, Isaac and I did what was probably the only good dive in Monterey Sat. afternoon. Shallower dives were trashed, and seas were too high to dive outside the Bay. Surprisingly conditions were very nice on the bottom - dark but clear, with no perceptable surge.
5/15/2003 Lover's Cove by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 10' Time:9:00 PM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 40FSW Avg Depth: 25FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,HP120Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Deco?
 
Midweek night dive time. There was a howling north wind which was coming straight in on the breakwater making conditions there truly ugly. Might have been good conditions for a rescue class but night diving in doubles with a camera was clearly not going to happen. John pointed out that Lover's Point might offer some protection so we cruised over there to give it a look. Indeed, the entry in Lover's cove was flat and it looked OK.



We geared up while watching the eclipse and then went for a dive. Vis was a mediocre 8-10 feet but tolerable at least. Right when we dropped down we were treated to a large school of Mexican Shad which seemed to be mesmerized by our lights. Later w found several very large (8" or more) Plainfin Midshipman. Near the end of the dive we found a crevice that had a large number of small Red Abalone. Surge was mild in the cove where it was protected by the point and moderate outside of there.
5/8/2003 Pt Lobos by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Michael Bryan, Mark Lanett, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 88FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 0:42 Total Time: 0:49
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP95,LP104,HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
1, 2, 2
 
We swam out from the launch ramp and descended just off Granite Point where it's about 50ft deep. While following the rock walls out to deeper water we found two pairs of Archidoris odhneri that were probably mating, and a group of three Spot Prawns (Pandalus platycerus). There wasn't a whole lot of fish life beyond some small rock fish and sculpins, but we did spot one unusually fat Cabezon.

Right as we turned the dive I stumbled over a 5ft long Shovelnose guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) It was sort of olive colored and laying on a sand and gravel bottom in a channel right between two large rocks. We hung around and watched it for a while but it never moved. I had never seen one of those before; apparently they mostly hang out in the sloughs.

On the way back we followed a shallower line along the wall and ran into some nice patches of hydrocoral and corynactis.

Since we had lingered for a while in the deeper areas the single tankers were running low on gas so we had to ascend along some kelp quite a ways out. That was a long swim back; I think I need a scooter. :-) Despite the swim it was an excellent dive, and sure beat working.

We did a second dive, but I'll let Mark write that one up.

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