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10/3/2009 T5 Pinnacle aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Robert Lee -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Robert Lee, Allison Lee, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time: 0:30
Max Depth: 240FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:45
Bottom Gases: 15/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
 
Kevin had picked out T5 for our dive today. The site is one of a collection of pinnacles just outside the SW boundary of the park.

We arrived to find seemingly calm surface conditions, but really murky looking water inside the cove. As soon as we motored out of the cove, the swell became evident (though it couldn't have been too bad as I was still allowed to man the helm). After some waffling about the conditions around the PPW area, we pressed on to find slightly less choppy seas on the W side of the point.

We dropped the hook and watched it sail for a good 40' or 50' feet through a parade of Chrysaora and we knew it was going to be great :-) We quickly made our way down the line and at around 130' or so, the reef below came into site. We worked the first large pinnacle spanning 190' to 240' finding several very large and very healthy looking vase sponges.

We spent the rest of the dive scootering generally ENE covering several low-lying reef systems. The viz throughout easily exceeded 60'-80' and the ripples on the surface were visible from the bottom. Toward the end, there was a noticeable bottom current.

The reefs in this area look healthy and untouched, but lack the super-dense sponge coverage typically found at sites like Mt. Chamberlin. Most noticeably lacking were red gorgonians; perhaps some aspect of the prevailing water movement in this area are contra-indicative.

Deco was uneventful; highlights being the sea nettle parade at 20'-40', as well as visits by a sea lion and common murre :-)

A few pictures here

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