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2/21/2006 Sobranes Wall aboard Unknown Boat by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
This president weekend ended up being a great diving weekend. The weather report was not the best with cold & rain but we just ignored it, and it ended being pretty good. We had the barge project on Saturday, slept and eat on Sunday, and Monday we joined a small group of people that were going South on the Cypress Sea.
We started heading south and the weather was sunny but cold, with the seas flat and calm. We were able to locate and anchor at Soberanes wall. Most of us haven't been there in several years and we tried two weeks ago on the Escapede but strong current and big swells didn't work in our favor. Yesterday, was pay off day for us :-).
Once we anchored the top side view was so amazing that we almost stayed on the surface.... just kidding... but it's truly an amazing view. The big mountains, the blue ocean.....
As usual Clinton jumped first and this time there was minimal current. You could actually see the kelp resting at the surface, vs laying down on the reef as it was two weeks ago.
We dropped down and Susan found a nice big Wolf eel swimming resting on a ledge. We gathered around the eel, which inspired him to swim freely while Clinton captured him on video. Then we headed south along the floor of a small canyon. You could see Metridims 80-100ft away!!! That's the best visibility I've seen in a while. We found several lincods egg nests and their protector, numerous cowries, and several rock fish and tree fish. Clinton found a very small nudibranch, you almost needed a magnifying glass to see it.
Towards the end of the dive we found the lost anchor from two weeks ago, and rescued it with a bag, actually we had to attach two of them as the chain was pretty heavy.
For the second dive we drove North and anchored at Lobos Rocks. We swam half turn on the west rock. The rock is covered with all kind of life. Green anemonies, hydrocorals, corynactus, etc. We saw some big schools of rock fish.
We found a small section with many dead barnacles. It looked like the perfect apartment complex for small fish. We looked in the holes for grunt sculpins but not luck. We did find another pretty nice sculpin in one of the holes. On the way back we went shallow and hung onto the rocks while watching the surf crash on the wall creating huge, white clouds-- like a washing machine effect. Pretty amazing sight. We saw some big seal lions come in/out of the surf. It was amazing to see the surf exploding on the rock, and all the white water moving around!!!!
After a 10 minutes of this we swam away from the rocks and drifted for a short deco.
All in all one of the best diving days this year.
I'll take 38 degree mornings any time, if the ocean and vis are like that :-)

Video from this dive can be seen here.