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3/13/2003 Breakwater by Peter Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Jason Nemecek, Peter Gelbman
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:7:24 PM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 54FSW Avg Depth: 39FSW
Bottom Time: 1:04 Total Time: 1:04
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Sketchy weather reports and storm was due to arrive, but as of lunchtime wave models still looked decent so we headed down anyway. I'm suffering from 2 weekends of NDSPKD (non diving spouse peace keeping duties) so I had to get a dive in sometime this week, and managed to convince Jason to skip out of work early to go with me. San Jose was rainy and windy when we left at 4:30 but we were pleasantly suprised by Monterey topside conditions, sunny and not much swell and vis along the Breakwater wall looked reasonable. By the time we got suited up wind had picked up and there was some surface chop. We surface swam out northeast from middle of the beach, dropped right onto end of the big pipe, hit the Metridium fields then swam back towards wall and in. Vis was kind of green and stirred up. As soon as we descended we immediately saw a pretty large thorn-back ray (correct name?) about 2.5-3' long, which I've never seen before. He was pretty tame and let us check him out for a while. Pretty good size octopus too, much larger than the normal small ones I've seen in the sand at night. Near the Metriduim fields we ran into a huge swarm of krell (correct name?), they were so thick it was sort of like gnats and felt like they would clog up my reg. Surge had picked up a bit during our dive and we got bounced around in the shallows on our way in.