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4/13/2003 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:2:30 PM
Temp: 48F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 145FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:27 Total Time: 0:57
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
5,2,2,2,2,8,5
 
Diving from the Escapade Sue, Beto and John H. Amazingly this was an excellent dive. The weather forecast was for rain and thunderstorms with a 12 foot swell and 20-30 knot winds. The rain didn't materialize but rather we had blue skies with puffy clouds. The swell was from the west and the wind from the south so Monterey Bay was flat as a lake (Carmel probably looked like Victory at Sea). The water was a bit green but not too dirty.


Sue and I were in the water first. The water was a bit murky at the surface but as we descended it opened up a bit to maybe 30 feet at depth. It was quite dark but otherwise quite scenic. We found 2 Tritonia diomedea nudibranchs out on the sand and also saw quite a few other interesting branchs including Flabellina iodinea, Tritonia festiva and several very large Triopha catalinae. Also of interest were a large sheep crab with gorgonians growing on it, several big lingcod and 3 wolf eels including a big old male that had to be at least 6 feet long.

Deco was straightforward though the current was just strong enough to be annoying and the large amount of boat traffic kept us from leaving the anchor line and just shooting a bag.

Susan I and also did a practice dive later at Hopkins deep reef. We didn't see much, but weren't looking either. Vis there was about 20 feet.

Here is a map of the area.