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Old 01-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default 1/7/2011 Flintstones aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava

1/7/2011 Flintstones aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View in Reports Page]

Bottom Team:Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:40'Time:12:00 AM
Max Depth:192FSWAvg Depth: 
Bottom Time:0:56Total Time:1:30
Bottom Gases:Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Today we were lucky to have two Capt on board of the Escapade. Capt Jim as always, and Capt in training Luke. Luke is building experience on the Escapade so he can be the designate mid-week Capt.. Early in the morning the wind was not too strong but the swell were already11ft :-). Due to the large swell we decided for an off-shore pinnacle. We went over Mt C. and continued all the way to Flintstones, which is always on of my favorite dives.

We set the float and headed down for the bottom while following the large North-South canyon that divides the structure. Vis was 40ft but a little milky and the swell were noticeable all the way to 190ft. We checked some of the canyon on the south and then headed for the parallel reef west of the main structure. There were tons of gorgonias and some large red rock-fish. After about 20min we moved back to the main structure and located a large school of blue rockfish and several small yellow-eyes.

We finished the dive by circling the shallow part of Flintstones while sharing the area with tons of rock-fish. We were going up and down with swell. At
some point I saw about 9ft difference in my computer in no more than 3 seconds.

After 56 min of fun we deployed SMB and drift the deco while looking for grey whales. No luck this time.

By the time we surfaced the weather had picked up quite a lot and it was tricky to get back on the boat.

On the way back we saw several grey whales and a large school of Risso Dolphin.

All in all a great diving day on the Escapade!

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