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Old 12-25-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default 12/25/2012 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava

12/25/2012 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View in Reports Page]

Bottom Team:Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:30' - 80'Time:10:00 AM
Temp: Surge: 
Max Depth:130FSWAvg Depth: 
Bottom Time:1:30Total Time:1:30
Bottom Gases:21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
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While working on our Xmas plans Susan and I looked at the weather forecast for Monterey and decided an early xmas day dive was in order. We got to Point Lobos about 8:30am and Jessy greeted us with a her nice smile and welcome Merry xmas. She said the park is open every day of the year. Have to love that answer.

We got in the water as the tide was going out. We swam towards the Sea Mount and ran into a lot of creatures: Two guitar fish, 3 leopard sharks, several large sheep-heads and large school of seņorita fish and tube-snouts. We got to Beto's reef and the dive became a slow drift. We stopped kicking as we enjoyed the terrain and the marine life. Once we go to the end of the reef the current was strong enough that we had to hide under the small walls to make our way back. On the way back we found a kelp gunnel at about 130ft (never have seen one away from the kelp), and a couple of rock grabs on the open.

On the way back we encounter the 2 playful leopard sharks (probably same ones we saw going out), and also a small harbor seal that was hanging around them. It was fun to stop at merge with the animals for a bit.

As we surfaced the rain had already started and we rapidly headed back home. We got the turkey going and have a great xmas dinner, followed by a frisbee game with our dog Naia. At 4:30pm the rain storm started, so our timing was good :-)

Merry Xmas to all!
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