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7/5/2003 East Pinnacle aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Peter Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 25' - 40' Time:12:30 PM
Temp: 49F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 96FSW Avg Depth: 80FSW
Bottom Time: 0:44 Total Time: 0:59
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
Visibility here wasn't quite as good but still perfectly acceptable. We dropped down the line and found another team had tied a reel in to the anchor so we just followed that out towards the west into deeper water. Met the other team just as they were turning their dive. A short distance further we found a cool little rock grotto with lots of overhangs and caves. The nudibranch population was heavy there, mainly Hermissenda crassicornis (including a tiny one less then 0.5in long) and Dialula sandiegensis. With all our goobering around we lost track of the direction back to the anchor. Started ascending along a small pinnacle and I was about to send up a surface marker when Pete spotted the line only a few feet away. A medium size school of blue rockfish passed by in the distance and then at the 30ft stop a large comb jelly came in close to let us have a look. Another great dive (although the ride home left something to be desired).