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5/15/2003 Lover's Cove by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 10' Time:9:00 PM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 40FSW Avg Depth: 25FSW
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,HP120Deco Tanks:
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Deco?
 
Midweek night dive time. There was a howling north wind which was coming straight in on the breakwater making conditions there truly ugly. Might have been good conditions for a rescue class but night diving in doubles with a camera was clearly not going to happen. John pointed out that Lover's Point might offer some protection so we cruised over there to give it a look. Indeed, the entry in Lover's cove was flat and it looked OK.



We geared up while watching the eclipse and then went for a dive. Vis was a mediocre 8-10 feet but tolerable at least. Right when we dropped down we were treated to a large school of Mexican Shad which seemed to be mesmerized by our lights. Later w found several very large (8" or more) Plainfin Midshipman. Near the end of the dive we found a crevice that had a large number of small Red Abalone. Surge was mild in the cove where it was protected by the point and moderate outside of there.