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6/19/2010 East Pinnacle aboard Escapade by Kenn Hwang -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Nick Radov, Andrew Bell
Visibility: 40' - 60' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 87FSW Avg Depth: 49FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Diving the BAUE Rec Charter with Nick and Andrew.

I left for Monterey early, expecting a rush from the US Open, but apparently golf spectators are late risers, and traffic wasn't a problem. CHP was out in force along 101 and 152 though.

The first site was East Pinnacles, and considering the marginal conditions from earlier in the week we didn't really know what to expect. When we dropped, I was surprised to see the conditions were more or less phenomenal. 40-50ft (or greater) viz, and if the other dive teams weren't behind one of the pinnacles, you could almost always see them. The pinnacles are covered in densely packed pink and purple hydrocorals, with corynactis packed in between.

Since the wind and swells were scheduled to pick up significantly in the afternoon, we pulled anchor and retreated back into the bay for dive 2. We parked at Shale Island, where Chuck T. and apparently everyone else diving off a boat had the same idea. On dropping, everything was pea-soup green, and viz was maybe 5ft, opening up to 10 in places. The best part of the dive was that the sun would continually break through the cloud cover, and every time it did it was like someone turned on an emerald-green floodlight. Then the clouds would come back in a minute later and everything would go dim again. I also saw my first mermaid's purse (no idea if it's from a skate/ray or shark though). In all a great day to dive.

Short video up on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0WJ4-eadZk