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6/22/2010 Uncle Phil's Deep Trench aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, Joseph (Karl) Haywood
Visibility: 60' Time:9:44 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 278FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 1:51
Bottom Gases: 15/65Deco Gases:EAN50,O2,21/35
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
6's, 30 6 up
 
A tale of three dives – Part three

Uncle Phil’s Deep Trench/Crinoid Canyon-n-n-n

The final dive was to be Karl H’s going away dive. Karl had completed his Masters degree here in Monterey and was in the midst of packing for his move down to San Diego. He graciously took a day off to dive with me on Phil’s Rib.

For this dive we targeted a bit of new area that is marked on the map as Uncle Phil’s Deep Trench but has also been referred to Phil as Crinoid Canyon. Phil had dove it just the other day and he said that for sure we would see Crinoids.

After gear checks and a quick splash we headed down to do our final checks and adjustments of equipment that may have gotten moved around after the back roll we traded okays, pointed our scooters down and hit the trigger. As it got darker and darker we started wondering when we would ever hit bottom. Thankfully we did and after a quick orientation we headed down the slope into the canyon. One the way down we had a positive moment as we immediately saw a rock with two crinoids sitting on top.

We meandered right along the canyon without seeing any more crinoids but came upon a nice Rat Fish hanging out on the bottom. I made sure to point him out to Karl as just a few minutes prior on the boat he had been remarking that he had not seen one while he was here. The Rat Fish took the opportunity of having our lights about to quickly chomp down something he had been eyeing on the bottom. We were happy to be of service!

After seeing a single lonely basket star on a Gorgonian the wall petered out so we reversed course and headed in the opposite direction. Here was where all the Crinoids were hanging out. It seems like every rock had at least four or five of them! No matter where you looked there they were in all sizes. Also in evidence were quite a few juvenile fish.

All too quickly we were out of bottom time so we it the trigger to start our ascent. We quickly passed by D3 and a small pinnacle west of E3 before ending up F3/G3 where we completed our ascent. All in all a wonderful dive.