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1/14/2007 Flintstones aboard Escapade by Susan Bird -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Susan Bird, John Heimann
Visibility: 40' - 60' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 80FSW Avg Depth: 65FSW
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Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
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I would like to thank Suzanne Baird for organizing BAUE's first charter of the year!

We braved the extremely cold surface temperature to enjoy a wonderful, clear, sunny day on the water. It was a fantastic day for viewing whales & dolphins-- we sighted numerous whales (humpbacks and greys), and motored in the midst of a massive mixed pod of dolphins, some of whom rode the bow wake.

The conditions permitted a first dive at Flinstones, which is always a treat. Visability was very good at the beginning of the dive-- especially vertical viz... we could see straight to the bottom, and we wished we had mix for a deeper dive. The walls were as colorful/beautiful as ever, yet there weren't as many fish at the site as we have seen in the past.

Clinton brought his macro lens, and had to exercise a fair amount of patience dealing with the surge, which picked up during the dive. I kept looking for a whale to swim by... no luck there, but 3 lively sea lions put on quite a show for us.

The current also picked up towards the end of the dive, bringing with it the whitish, 'milky' visibility we have been seeing over the past few weeks at Point Lobos.

The Escapade tucked in at Pescadero Point for a delicious lunch of sandwiches & chili.

Second dive was at East Pinnacles, where we found a good subject for Clinton to photograph: an unfortunate decorator crab had fallen into the grasp of a rose colored anemone and its desperate legs were sticking out on either side of the predator's mouth.

The surge continued to grow, so we made our way back to the anchor line and called it a day.

We were joined on the trip by Marciano, a GUE cave diver from Mexico City, who will be visiting us regularly over the next year. We beleive he brought us good luck with the cetaceans, so we hope he will be back for our next charter!

Thank you to stellar Escapade crew Jim, Eric, and Abigail for the great day.

Here are some surface photos of the day: