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Old 08-04-2008, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default 8/2/2008 Montana aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava

8/2/2008 Montana aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View in Reports Page]

Bottom Team:Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:60'Time:10:00 AM
Max Depth:172FSWAvg Depth: 
Bottom Time:0:40Total Time:1:20
Bottom Gases:18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config:Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
This Sat we went out for the monthly BAUE tech-charter. We had a good turn-out which consisted of 9 of our members: Allison, Robert, Kevin, Dionna, Clinton, Harry, Susan, Karl and myself.

We had a grandious plan of going to a remote location but the weather gods provided us with a different plan. Defiant of the gods, we still headed out of the bay and ventured towards the Yankee Point area but half-way there we realized it was not going to happen. We checked the NW side of Point Lobos looking for some protection from the swells, and after a while we decided to dive Montana pinnacle outsite of Whaler's Cove. Here the weather finally looked like we would be able to get wet.

Montana is a popular site for scooter divers departing from Whalers Cove. However, diving it from a boat allows for more time at the site than travelling on the scooters. Also, the shallower areas on the site are most spectacular, so given the opportunity, it is a better dive from a boat.

Visibility was very good, at least 50ft, which allowed us to get a good view of the pinnacle from multiple perspectives. Sue, Karl and I descended and headed to the NW side of the pinnacle. We visited the sand interphase where we found large colonies of sea pens and some big lingcods lying in grooves in the sand. Susan also found a couple of basket stars attached to some gorgonias.

We scootered from the North side to the South while travelling on the E wall at two different depth levels. We stopped to check the cracks where we once saw a large GPO but we didn't have much luck finding its descendant.

We saw several large lingcods hanging out on the East wall, as well as many vivacious decorate crabs.

After about 20min on the deeper part of the pinnacle we headed up shallower and torwards the north peak. In that area we found a pair of large dirona albolineata and Clinton pointed out a Bocaccio to us.

After about 40min on the site we deployed our SMB and drifted our deco while looking at jellies and their barnacles & parasites.

Another grand day out :-)

Here are some photos.

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