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2/8/2003 E3 aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: David Chamberlin, Alberto Nava
Support Team:Isaac Callicrate, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 54F - 55F Surge: 1'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:15
Max Depth: 170FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 58:00
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: RB80,Double HP120,LP51Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
70 5
60 3
50 2
40 2
30 3
20 8
10 4
We were the first team to go in. Our goal was to set the downline for the subsequent teams. We initially dropped a 10lb weight tied to caveline with a surface marker attached. We dropped the weight where we believed the E3 pinnacle was. We then descended the line to see if we were in fact on the pinnacle. If not, we were going to locate the pinnacle and move the line to it. As it turned out, the weight was right on the SW corner of the pinnacle. We tied the line in to the pinnacle to ensure the downline would remain fixed.

We then scootered the entire circumference of the pinnacle once. During this run, we encountered what appeared to be a yellow gorgonian. Later analysis of the video and photo documentation showed that it was actually a red gorgonian completely covered with Zoanthid Anemone, Parazoanthus lucificum.

After completing our first loop, we had sufficient time that we decided to go back and cross through at the large cut in the middle that we found (and also the location of the "yellow gorgonian").

These two scooter runs gave us a good feel for the structure and geography of the area. We took video from a scooter-mounted video camera for the entire run. This has provided us good visual correlation between the sonar map and what is physically there.

This image shows a graphical depiction of the course we took on the sonar map.