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8/15/2007 Coral Street by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Robert Lee, Cyndi Dawson
Visibility: 20' - 25' Time:2:00 PM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 35FSW Avg Depth: 23FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:21
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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I was fortunate to be able to break away midweek to do some surveys with Reefcheck Northern California Rep. Cyndi Dawson. Our site for survey was Coral Street. Even though there were some white caps out in the exposed area, there was quite a bit of protection due to the dense kelp beds. Cyndi Dawson and Greg Holzer, being North Coast divers, geared up on the rocks at the parking lot as I parked on the street and set my table for easy entry and exit with doubles. The plan was to do 2 dives and knock out 6 core transects. This is counting Fish, Invertebrates, Algea and Uniform Point Contact at 35ft and 20ft depths. We kicked out and arrived at the first transect. As we were collecting data on each transect I had an extra support diver (Comerant) bird following me on each transect. I think he was hoping that I would scare up some food for him. The best part was to see this bird dive down and spear a black perch and bring up. I havenít seen that behavior.

We were only able to do 3 core transects at the 30ft outer zone. The swell started picking up and the shallower zones would have been too surgy to get good data. Visibility was about 20-25feet. My job was fairly easy since the invertebrate that are on the list were scarce at the specific location. I counted a lot of bat stars!!! I was also trying out my new drysuit too. It felt good to be in a suit that fits and stay DRY again. Water temp was 50 degrees, total run time was 81 minutes

After about a 5 hours surface interval, I jumped in the water again at the Breakwater. Robert Lee and I were searching for Octopi. The visibility was not good. We took our time finding the pipe out to the Metridium Fields. The Metridiums were all out and feeding. They looked happy. It is great to see them glow as you shine the HID lights on them. We did see an orange metridium. We managed to see about 4-5 octopi that were about 1 foot in length. They displayed several colors for us. Robert was able to get some pictures of them. I spotted a Dirona albonileata on one of the reefs out there. Water temp was a toasty 55 degrees. Total run time was 108 minutes. The hardest part of the day was the drive home after being in the water for 189 minutes... 8-)

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