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5/31/2003 Montana aboard Escapade by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Alberto Nava, Sami Laine
Visibility: 50' - 70' Time:1:55 PM
Temp: 48F Surge:  
Max Depth: 149FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:15
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
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We dove today at a location that's new to me, straight off Whalers Cove outside the park. Beto calls the place 'Montana' as it's a big rocky plateau in the middle of nowhere, near the Carmel Canyon dropoff! He's been here before on a looong scooter run from Whalers, but dropping right on it allowed us to spend a lot of time looking around.

This is a large area, and very scenic. The surroundings remind me of E3, that's how good it is. We took some scenery images to share, as you know what they say: "If you didn't shoot it or tape it, it didn't happen!". :-)

The surface conditions were rough on the way out and back, and the color of the water looked terrible (like coffee) from Monterey to Cypress Point. In Carmel Bay the water turned blue, it was sunny and the visibility here was excellent (50-70ft). Water was quite cold, I saw 48 degrees throughout the dive.

We saw life very similar to other deeper sites around Lobos, including Vermilion rockfish, lings, and big schools of Blue rockfish. No unusual nudibranchs this time, but the sponges here were great. A great day out!