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2/8/2003 E3 aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: David Chamberlin, Alberto Nava
Support Team:Will Gore, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 60' Time:12:22 PM
Temp: 54F - 55F Surge: 1'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:17
Max Depth: 164FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 1:03
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: RB80,Double LP80,LP51Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
70 5
60 3
50 2
40 2
30 2
20 10
10 5
 
The goal for this dive was to jump from the E3 pinnacle to the G3 and surrounding pinnacles. We descended on the downline set earlier, scootered along the south wall of E3 until we hit the SE corner. From there we continued to the south across the sand until we hit the pinnacle west of G3.

We followed along the south side of this pinnacle, then jumped to several small pinnacles to the SE. We then returned to pinnacle west of G3 and headed north until we reached the G3 pinnacle. We circled around the G3 pinnacle as we ascended.

This was a beautiful dive with lots of interesting geography. As with the earlier dive, we had a scooter-mounted video camera recording the entire run.

One thing of interest noted was the very large number of blue rockfish in the 70-100FSW range of G3.

This image shows a graphical depiction of the course we took on the sonar map.
2/8/2003 E3 aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Sami Laine
Support Team:Isaac Callicrate, Will Gore
Visibility: 20' - 70' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 160FSW Avg Depth: 150FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:55
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
1,1,1,1,4,2,2,2,2,8,5
 
Sami and I were one of two teams to start the underwater documentation of E3 after team 1 (Dave and Beto) set the upline and scouted the area. Susan and Joe were the other documentation team. Sami and I dove along the southwest wall of the pinnacle while Joe and Susan explored the northeast slope. We didn't find anything exceptionally unusual but the scenery was incredible. Have a look and see for yourself!
2/8/2003 E3 aboard Escapade by Susan Bird -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Joe Talavera
Support Team:Will Gore
Visibility: 20' - 70' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 166FSW Avg Depth: 156FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 0:57
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
70  5
60  2
50  2
40  2
30  2
20  8
10  5
 
Joe and I were one of two teams doing underwater documentation of E3. After a briefing of the area by Team 1 (Beto/Dave), our teams entered the water. Team 1 set the downline perfectly for us, allowing for a direct descent to the SW corner spike of E3, and easy access to both faces of the long, narrow pinnacle. Sami and Clinton swam along the SW wall, while Joe and I expolored the NE side, which slopes at a more gradual angle to the sandy bottom. Our teams made steady progress along our respective walls; occasionally we could see the lights from the other team across the width of the pinnacle. We swam the length (275 ft) of E3 in 10 min at a very leisurely pace. We saw numerous elephant ear sponges, gargonians, lings, decorator crabs, and vermillion rockfish. E3 is a remarkably lush pinnacle for this depth range.
2/8/2003 E3 aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: David Chamberlin, Alberto Nava
Support Team:Isaac Callicrate, Nick Radov
Visibility: 20' - 50' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 54F - 55F Surge: 1'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:15
Max Depth: 170FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 58:00
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: RB80,Double HP120,LP51Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
70 5
60 3
50 2
40 2
30 3
20 8
10 4
 
We were the first team to go in. Our goal was to set the downline for the subsequent teams. We initially dropped a 10lb weight tied to caveline with a surface marker attached. We dropped the weight where we believed the E3 pinnacle was. We then descended the line to see if we were in fact on the pinnacle. If not, we were going to locate the pinnacle and move the line to it. As it turned out, the weight was right on the SW corner of the pinnacle. We tied the line in to the pinnacle to ensure the downline would remain fixed.

We then scootered the entire circumference of the pinnacle once. During this run, we encountered what appeared to be a yellow gorgonian. Later analysis of the video and photo documentation showed that it was actually a red gorgonian completely covered with Zoanthid Anemone, Parazoanthus lucificum.

After completing our first loop, we had sufficient time that we decided to go back and cross through at the large cut in the middle that we found (and also the location of the "yellow gorgonian").

These two scooter runs gave us a good feel for the structure and geography of the area. We took video from a scooter-mounted video camera for the entire run. This has provided us good visual correlation between the sonar map and what is physically there.

This image shows a graphical depiction of the course we took on the sonar map.
2/5/2003 Breakwater by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Sami Laine, Kati Laihia, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 20' - 35' Time:8:53 PM
Temp: 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 50FSW Avg Depth: 37FSW
Bottom Time: 1:24 Total Time: 1:24
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
min deco
 
A midweek night dive. Topside conditions were perfect, no wind, no surf, clear skies.
We entered the water at the far end of the beach, and dropped down near the shore. Our objective was to scout out good nightlife along the sandy floor, so we did a big U: out to Metridium Fields, then SE along the 40ft depth contour past middle reef, and in along the Breakwater wall.

Best action was on the sandy section just SE of the Metridium Fields with good macro subjects! An excellent dive around a section of Breakwater area less often visited.
2/2/2003 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 15' - 40' Time:8:30 AM
Temp: 54F - 55F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth: 145FSW
Bottom Time: 0:25 Total Time: 0:57
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
1,1,1,1,5,2,2,2,2,8,4
 
2 Teams of 2, myself and Beto and Sami and Delia diving today on the Escapade. We were going to go to Carmel but it was too rough so we bailed to the Mile Buoy where it was fairly flat. It was murky near the surface but nice at depth. Delia and Sami found a Tochuina tetraquetra eating a red gorgonian which I filmed.

Later Beto and I found a small wolf eel. There were lots of sea pens in the sandy areas including the Orange Sea Pen Ptilosarcus gurneyi. Deco was straighforward though I learned the hard way that Halcyon 75 foot spools only come with about 55 feet of line! Doh! Good thing Beto had a larger one. We got my lift bag back after we surfaced.
1/25/2003 Flintstones aboard Cypress Sea by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Alberto Nava, Sami Laine
Support Team:Xcott Wolf, A Sea Lion
Visibility: 50' - 70' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 55F Surge: 8'
Max Depth: 160FSW Avg Depth: 130FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
1,1,1,1,3,2,2,2,2,7,3
 
Sometimes pictures tell more than words!
1/18/2003 Ballbuster aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Sami Laine, Clinton Bauder, David Chamberlin
Visibility: 40' - 50' Time:1:34 PM
Temp: 55F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth: 90FSW
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:01
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: RB80,Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
min deco +
20 min @ 70'-10'
(stage work practice)
 
Sightseeing and some reel and stage handling practice. I reeled out close to 400' from the base of the main Ballbuster pinnacle along the 90'-100' deep reef. Fish life was spectacular, with very dense and big schools of rockfish mixing blues, yellowtails and canaries (we think) plus another wolfie.

Right at the base of the Ballbuster pinnacle next to my tieoff we found more wolfies, this time a couple in a den!

On the ascent we did some deco gas handoffs in a round-robin as practice.
1/18/2003 Outer Outer Pinnacles aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Sami Laine, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 50' - 60' Time:9:38 AM
Temp: 54F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 168FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:26 Total Time: 1:07
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
deep stops +
5 min @ 70'
3 min @ 60'
3 min @ 50'
3 min @ 40'
3 min @ 30'
10 min @ 20'
5 min @ 10'
 
Spectacular, with vertical and undercut 50'-60' tall walls extending down from 120'. The wall scenery is very nice, covered in sponges and forests of red gorgonians. Some schools of rockfish, also found a rock with at least 7 Starry rockfish (!) and another one with a nice adult wolfeel hiding in a hole.

I brought the wrong lens for this one (wide angle) as we saw lots of interesting macro life. I did manage to get an image of a Porter's chromodorid, the first time I've seen on in all the dives I've done in Monterey region.
1/12/2003 Hopkin's Deep Reef aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: David Chamberlin, Sami Laine
Visibility: 50' Time:3:26 PM
Temp: 57F Surge: 1'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time: 0:35
Max Depth: 84FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time: 0:47 Total Time: 0:51
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: RB80,Double LP80,LP51Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
min deco
 
For the second dive, we decided to try live boat retrieval. Again, we launched the non-scooter teams first so that they would be done and out of the water when the scooter team was done.

We started by following the rock structure to the west. We lost it rather quickly, but then found another structure maybe 150 yards W/NW of where we were. Similar rock formations - nice area.

We then headed to the east for a bit and cut in to the south towards shore. Once we found more rock structure, we headed more east trying to find the intake pipes for the Monterey Aquaurium. We succeeded in locating the pipes and followed them out to their intake.

A rather curious and playful sea lion followed us through most of the dive. He seemed intrigued by the fact that we moved almost as fast as he did. :-). When we got to the intakes, the sea lion came up and laid on top of one of them, providing a nice vantage point to watch what we were doing.

We then headed E/SE and located the underwater webcam. After a few "hello mom!"'s we decided to follow the video cable in a ways. Got a bit dull, so we decided to end the dive. We shot a bag (so the boat could begin to locate us) and headed to the surface.

The boat was there shortly after surfacing. Scooters were retrieved and we headed back in. Excellent day of diving and a very successful test run indeed!

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