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2/16/2006 Uncle Phil's Deep Trench aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by John Heimann -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: John Heimann, Phil Sammett
Visibility: 80' - 100' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 48F Surge:  
Max Depth: 254FSW Avg Depth: 248FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2,35/25
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
deep stops 170-130 1,1,1,3, 3, 7,5,5,5,5,27 + up
 
Took the morning off work and finally got to see the epic vis we thought we would get last Saturday on the BAUE LRR dive. This was my first dive to Uncle Phil's. Initially conditions looked a bit choppy and we thought we might have to look at the mud in the trench off Monastery, but what we got was just the opposite. Vis was truly superb - it had the electric blue shimmering quality of cave water - and there was a lot of natural light at 250. I was very impressed with the diversity of life at this site; it had the elephant ear sponges, gorgonians, diverse rockfish, corynactis, etc. that one typically associates with the 180'ish zone, but also had boot sponges, and a deepwater species (Phil told me the name but I forgot) that is normally found at more like 3000'.