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6/20/2010 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, John Heimann, Matt Vieta
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F Surge: 1'
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 187FSW Avg Depth: 81FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
5,3's 9,9
A tale of three dives – Part Deux
Lunaticos Annex

Sunday dawned not quite as bright and cheery as Saturday but filled with optimism. We made it around the point on Saturday and had great viz. Today couldn’t be much worse.

After loading gear up on the boat and having a brief commiseration with Allison who was gracefully bowing out of the boat trip to help Rob with video for his class we headed out for out tech trip.

Making it around the point was about the same as before. Snotty at the mouth of the bay and then settling down a bit. We spent the time on the way down watching John H scarf down some cup-o-noodles and telling some of his (in)famous jokes. There was a brief discussion of dive sits and Jim suggested going to a spot he had dove before that was called Lunaticos Annex. As it was in the same area as our dive yesterday and that didn’t turn out to be a bad dive so the group went with it. This would turn out to be a really good choice!

Quickly we pulled up dropped the ball and got into our gear. After a quick gear match/check/plan review we splashed. Once again no current and viz even better than yesterday as it was approaching 80+ feet.

John H, Matt V and I were diving as a team with me videoing. The ball was placed perfectly on a ledge on the side of the pinnacle in about 140’ of water. We descended along the sand channel that runs between the two reefs before jumping a small ridge to see our first cool surprise of the dive. In a little divot/hole were 4 large examples of vase sponges arranged so nicely. After admiring them for a bit we continued on for a bit.
We next came across our second surprise of the day. There hanging out at around 165 was a beautiful example of a Rat Fish. What was so cool to me was how mellow he was. The only other Rat Fish that I have seen took off pretty quickly. This fellow was content to hang around an let us marvel and film him to our hearts content. At one point I turned around to find Clinton attempting to take pictures of the fish from ten feet away as was shooting Macro that day. With the bright clear water, his pictures turned out very well. Our final surprise was found by Matt when he found a couple of mating Doriopsilla Spaldingi. What a pretty slug with its bright iridescent blue edges.

Our deco was amusing as we spent time looking at the various jellies that drifted by. Everyone agreed though that the water temps were a bit on the cold side. Hopefully this will continue to give us clear waters for a while.