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10/17/2009 Pt Lobos by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Mark Lloyd, Harry Babicka
Visibility: 15' - 30' Time:10:14 AM
Temp: 56F - 57F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time: 1:04
Max Depth: 99FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:55
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
Harry W, Harry B, Dionna, and Mark met at Lobos today to do the grand tour. The tour consisted of heading out to Granite Pt Pinnacles, winding our way to Mono Lobo Wall then turning to Thumbs Up, back in the direction of Mono Lobo wall then back to Granite Pt Pinnacles again, and back into the cove. I was the only one with an X-scooter, while the rest had long body Gavins. Since we estimated my X would not last the whole journey I towed a Gavin. Once in the water, and never had the experience of towing a scooter, I found that I was going through the water like I was pulling a piano. At Granite Pt Harry W. took the scooter and after a bit of trial an error we finally got things streamlined. Vis was at best about 30 ft so acceptable but not ideal. We had been around the Granite Pt. pinnacle area quite a bit but I don’t think Dionna, Harry B, and I had been as far as Mono Lobo. We crossed over the sand channel and arrived at what I think was Mono Lobo but to be honest didn’t see much there. Once we turned and headed to Thumbs Up the scenery improved quite a lot with the sheer walls, corals, big schools of rockfish and two or three Mola Molas. These Molas were not fish food yet, like many that were fin-less scattered about. Coming back from Thumbs up was a nice straight line back into the sand channel then into the Granite Pt pinnacles. Just before we turned toward Granite Pt wall the kelp monster grabbed Dionna. She put up a heroic battle and I was cheering her on as she defeated the enemy. As we turned neared Granite Pt wall I grabbed the Gavin from Harry W. as my X was getting close to the max time. A few minutes later the X died and I switched to the Mac Truck. We made it back into the cove, switched to O2 and completed a bit of deco. Very cool dive, almost 2 hrs in the water, and luckily for us a nice 57 degrees.