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6/16/2012 K2 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 50' - 80' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 46F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 213FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Out today diving with one of June BAUE tech charters. We finally were able to make it out of the bay and heard to Big Sur. We were hoping to dive SUR 19, but conditions were a bit too rough to get there. Captain Greg and Matt decided to dive at K2 and as we dropped the down-line we could actually see very blue and clear water. It was not all roses as we could see the wake of the current on the red-buoy. Ohh boy it's going to be one of those....

Susan, Jim and myself were the first team out of the gate and we immediately had to point the scooter into the current. It took a bit of work for Susan and I to make it to the line, and we could see Jim pushing hard to get there on the surface. We signaled him to dropped down a few feet in order to reduce his drag and he then was able to meet the team and head down.

We followed the line for a few minutes and found a long section of rope at about 50ft. A this point the line was almost horizontal all the way to the top of K2. Visibility at the peak was about 50ft.

From there we followed the wall NW until we reached the north peak, and jumped to the a small annex that's 40ft away on the sand, and from there followed the structure to the edge of the West wall and we could see the small swim- thru that pushes out to the wall. We found a small toqui~na on the way down, as well as an interesting 2ft tall sand ripple that had tons of life on it, including a small shark egg case. There were several large vase sponges near the swim through.

After about 20 min we headed back to the main wall and enjoyed the forest of gorgonias that covers the structure from 190ft to 140ft on the north end. These gorgonias have plenty of water movement at this location and we saw a couple of nice basket stars.

We followed the wall back toward K2 and motored in and out of a big school of rock fish, and found several large lingcods resting on ledges. While at the shallow peak we enjoyed seeing some sheep-heads while getting tossed around by the 10ft swells that were rolling over the structure. After 40min of fun we let go and drifted north about 2 miles while riding the current.

Deco was very interesting with a lot of creatures in mid-water. We had a school of baby squid (1/4 to /1/2 inch long) coming in and out of focus, and then some large school of juvenile fish. We patiently waited for a whale to come by but it didn't happen.

On the way back home we had several large school of dolphins approaching the boat, and riding the bow of the boat while doing all kind of acrobatics maneuvers.

Pretty nice day out!

Cheers
Beto