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11/20/2011 Deep E3 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge: 8'
Max Depth: 205FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:50/25,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
Today we were close to cancel the Escapade Tech trip due to bad weather but Capt Jarod decided to man up and go check it out in the morning. The winds were strong from the south but we were able to make it to the North side of Point Lobos. Once we got there conditions were good enough to go diving. We settled for Deep E3 and we dropped down to find 80-100ft of blue clear water. We were so glad we didn't cancel.

Teams dropped down to find an aquarium like conditions with tons of fish and amazing vis. We checked out the purple sea fan at the base on the pinnacle, and then we went for a loop on the north side on the pinnacle. We found a large toquina on the sand and another pink nudibrach. We saw several large vase sponges, one of them with 100 of brittle stars on it. We could see Rob and Allison about 80ft away so we used them for navigation aid and explore the reef to the north of Deep E3.

At the top of the pinnacle there were many red gorgonias moving with swells and many juv. yellow eye rock-fish, and large school of blue rockfish.

Visibility was so good teams motored from Deep E3 to E3, and the kitties made it to D3.

After the dive we swam with Risso dolphin!! They came close in several occasions and on one of them Susan saw a dolphin play with a piece of kelp, similar to what they do in Kona, where they move objecst btw their fins.

Not bad for almost a canceled day ;-)

Here are some images from Rob and Clinton.