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5/3/2008 East Pinnacle aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Matt Vieta, Cameron Wheeler
Visibility: 60' Time:9:45 AM
Temp: 47F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 78FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Cameron, Matt and I got in a couple of very nice dives on the Escapade. Reports from Friday had indicated bad vis in the bay and high winds. Jim told me on Friday afternoon that he was fairly sure we wouldn't be able to get around the corner to Carmel. Given this I switched from wide angle to macro thinking we'd be hiding in murky water.

Instead the winds were light and variable in the morning and so down south we went. Shortly after passing a pod of Risso's Dolphins near Point Joe the water started to clear up. By the time we got to Carmel it was a beautiful clear blue and I was cursing my decision to switch to macro.

As we jumped in I got even more mad at myself as the water was not only very clear and blue but filled with Sea Nettles and other jellies like Scrippsia pacifica. Ah well, nothing to do but head for the reef and look for little critters. Happily this worked out well too as we spent an hour finding one cool aeolid to another and I managed some decent shots of some rarely seen species.

Dive two ended up being over on Lingcod Reef. Visibility there was nice as well but being shallower we struggled to look for small stuff in the surge. Still a nice couple of dives.

Note to Team Kitty: Matt says you guys were thinking of coming along. You should have. ;-)

Pictures here.