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9/3/2011 White Cayon aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Joakim Linde, Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 5' - 15' Time:10:30 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 180FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Back on the Escapade for another BAUE tech charter. We were feeling like Bay Area Explorers so we decided to try some new dive sites. This is "dangerous" business as it's impossible to know if the site is good or bad by looking at the sonar that, so you have to take your chances. It might be an ok dive site, or it might be the best site on the whole peninsula waiting to be found.

First dive was a pinnacle south of Sur Banks which looked only like the famous SUR19 and SUR 20 on the sonar data, but about twice the size. The top of the pinnacle at 120ft had more kelp that hydro-corals, which was disappointing but on the other side there were tons of red rock fish: vermilion, yellow eyes and others. We were able to hand around with some quite large yellow eyes which does not happen often, and we also found a nice rat fish on the south end. There was quite a nice current coming from south so we alternate btw scootering south and drifting north. Vis was pretty bad 5-10ft and dark so not the best conditions.

Second dive was at a site north of Carmel. We have been trying to dive it for a while but never got around to it. At this location two parallel walls go for about 400ft in a north-west direction. The base of this canyon is at about 130ft and the top of the wall is at 80ft. We unfortunately hit a layers of bad vis at about 50ft and vis at the bottom was 5-10ft range and dark :-). We followed the cayon for about 400ft, while enjoying the terrain. The walls were all covered with the invading barnacles so they were all white. There were several nice patches of hydrocorals along the ride and some nice scallops. This is definitely a nice to check with better vis. We decided to name this one The White Canyon.

All in all two nice new sites, not the best vis but still a lot of fun.

Sonar data for Roxie

Sonar data for White Canyon

photos for Roxie