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10/20/2007 Lover's Point aboard Unknown Boat by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ildiko Frank, Dionna House
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 52F - 53F Surge: 8'
Max Depth: 42FSW Avg Depth: 35FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:
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Despite the weather conditions I was able to get on the Cypress Sea to do some Reefcheck Surveys with Ildiko Frank. It was the last reefcheck survey from an offshore site of the season, so I thought it would be a good idea to join the boat. Cyndi Dawson also needed more survey divers on board. It was fun to see some of the creative Halloween costumes on board too. We had hoped to get around the corner to do Carmel River Beach (aka: Stewarts Cove). The weather and sea conditions didnít allow that to happen. So, since Loverís Pt was a Reefcheck site that needed to be completed for MLPA reasons, we did just that. Ildiko and I were assigned the first core transect. We jumped in and swam to the area and descended. Found a nice kelp stalk to tie the transect tape to and off we went. We didnít count many fish on our transect, however other reefcheckers did see some scattered schools of fish. While counting species, we were challenged with some long surge, but, managed to stay on the transect. Max depth was 42ft. with 10-15feet of vis. We all completed the site to contribute to making decisions on what sites are protected from Department of Fish and Game. Hooray for Reefcheck divers!!!!

The second dive was at Hopkins Deep Reef. This was a fun dive without having to collect data. Ian joined our team. I ran the reel as we explored the site. Ildiko had a real friendly harbor seal come and play with her hands and maneuvered himself to get his face scratched. The harbor seal had fun chewing on my fins and tugging on my line. The conditions deteriorated quite quickly. Funny coming up the anchor line and being swept from left to right at least 5-8feet. On our zig zag ascent we did see Sea NettlesÖ Max depth 66ft. with about 5 feet of visibility. We surfaced to higher swells with white caps tipping over our heads.

We wrapped up the day with a fun BBQ and fun times with new friends on Del Monte Beach.