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6/19/2010 East Pinnacle aboard Escapade by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow
Visibility: 60' Time:9:24 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 87FSW Avg Depth: 64FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
A tale of three dives – Part 1

East Pinnacle.

Saturdays started off with a bit of a downer vibe as there was the possibility that once again like many of the past boat trips this year we might not be able to make it around the point. Jim was a bit concerned that all during the week the winds had picked up pretty quickly in day making for some snotty boating weather. Never the less we resolved to poke our nose out and see if we could make it around.

There was a bit of a tense moment once we got just outside the bay as we all were waiting for that tell tale sound of the boat engine throttling back signaling another trip of Monterey Bay diving but the seas settled down a bit after getting through the confused waters out at the point. Soon after we were on our way south to East Pinnacle.

Arriving at the site we found the seas not too rough so we quickly geared up and splashed in the water. We immediately noticed two things. 1) that the water was incredibly blue and clear and 2) no surface current at all. This was going to be a good dive.

Descending down the anchor line and almost immediately seeing the site was just joy. We ended up taking a bit of a northerly heading and just exploring the nooks and the crannies in the various canyons that seem to spread out from the pinnacle. Lots and lots of slugs abounded which made me wish I was more of a slug-o-phile and could name them, but alas. We did find nice example of a Dirona albolineata which I think might be my favorite slug. He was the size of a tennis ball and just curled up along the wall hanging out.

After a few more minute we curled back around the peak to the anchor line before setting off to another pinnacle just in the distance. After doing a slow lap around this just admiring the hydro-coral we came back for a final lap around the pinnacle before heading up the line. Above us was Clinton and Melissa enjoying deco and below was Jim, Allison and another happily sticking their noses deep into the walking stick kelp looking at nudibranchs. All in all a wonderful dive.