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5/6/2003 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 45F - 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 225FSW Avg Depth: 180FSW
Bottom Time: 25:00 Total Time: 90:00
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: LP80,HP120Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
5,5,4,3,5
12,6
 
Susan and I went diving at Point Lobos todat with
Capt Phil Sammet. We were supposed to dive a pinnacle
north of E3 (one of Uncle Phil's pinnacles...), but condition
were so flat that we decided to dive Ed Copper's Wall
on the west side of the park (outside the park). This
site is only accessible in pretty calm conditions.



Ed's wall is a 1000ft long wall. The wall rises to 130ft
near the middle of the reef and there is a 70ft spike
at the south-east corner. We dropped at 130ft and swam
to the base of the wall at 225ft. There was a little
bit of current so we just drifted for about 400ft following
this huge wall, a bit later we found a nice canyon that
intersects the reef, and we ascended up the 70ft spike. This
site has the perfect profile, some deep areas and a nice
shallow spot so you can do all your deep stops while enjoying
your dive. We left the 70ft after 40min of diving :-)

Visibility was pretty good, probably 50-60ft. It was very
cold. 45 at the bottom and 50 at the surface.

We didn' see any sponges or crinoids, but there was an abundance
of fish. Severeal times we were surrounded by 4 or 5
vermillions, several lingcods and rockies of different types
and sizes. Pretty amazing. At one point Susan showed me
a medium size wolf eel, which was sharing its rock with a California
Scorpion fish.

Another day at Point Lobos :-)