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7/25/2004 Flag Rockfish Triangle by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Alberto Nava, Susan Bird
Support Team:Russ S.
Visibility: 30' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 227FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:50/25,O2,35/25
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Sue and I did a different dive today. We dove a place called Flag Rockfish Triangle. This is a site we have wanted to dive for awhile but never had the right mix, right conditions, etc. Today was perfect. The ocean was flat, there was not much of a current and we were invited for a dive on board Voytek's RIB "gozilla".

The site is located 3/4 mile north of Aumentos Rock inside Monterey bay. It's 400 ft x 200 ft area located in 220ft of water. The sand is at 226ft and the top is 215ft. Not a huge reef but there were enough rocks for marine life to attach.

Once we reached the top of the reef we were greeted by huge metridiums covering most of the reef. Some of the metridiums were 3ft tall, and some of them were more of a yellow tone than white.

As we progressed north on the reef we were surprised by several Flag rockfish under ledges on the reef. Most of them moved away from our lights but by covering our lights a little bit we were able to get very close to them. Beautiful fish, white with red-orange stripes.

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Also in abundance were longfin gunnels who were sitting on the top of the rocky shelves, and we saw at least 10 Spanish Shawls.

Another highlight of the dive was the discovery of a couple of widely opened basket stars, one of which had a center of at least 2 inches in diameter. Amazing creature.

We spent the rest of the dive checking the east side of the reef, where we found 2 rock crabs mating, then we ascended once we reached our predetermined bottom time.

Visibility was 10-15ft at the surface and 25ft to 30ft at depth. No molas :-(.

Cheers
beto