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7/12/2009 Eric's Pinnacle Damnit! aboard Escapade by Matt Vieta -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Matt Vieta, Leah Wadler
Visibility: 3' - 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 56F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 50FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
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Leah had a rare weekend day off today and, given the spectacular visibility yesterday, we decided to hop on the Escapade.

We dropped through a layer of warm scuz that was a bit less distinct than Saturday. We still found the viz open open up to 60' or so below the layer.

We saw several smallish ling cods, and found an octopus hiding in a hole while exploring the pinnacles. We also hopped off the main pinnacle to inspect some of the surrounding boulders. It was a pretty dive!
9/14/2003 Eric's Pinnacle Damnit! aboard Unknown Boat by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:2:45 PM
Temp:   Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 64FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:58
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP95,HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
I hadn't dived in a single tank for more than four months so it felt a little weird not having the ton-oh-fours strapped to my back. :-) We dropped down along the east face of the pinnacle, then jumped over the small sand channel to check out the smaller rocks. Gary pointed out a clown nudibranch (Triopha catalinae); I hadn't seen one of those in quite a while. We then turned and made a 3/4 circle around the base of the main pinnacle. Caught a large decorator crab in the act of devouring a still living jellyfish. For the second half of the dive we moved over to the other large pinnacle that sits next to Eric's and did a couple circuits of that. It has a nice thick crop of corynactis. That smaller pinnacle tops out at about 43ft so we made our ascent along the kelp that grows from the summit.
4/19/2003 Eric's Pinnacle Damnit! aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov
Visibility: 15' - 20' Time:8:15 AM
Temp: 51F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 54FSW Avg Depth: 45FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:59
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP104,HP100Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Descended the anchor line to the sand channel next to the pinnacle. We made about 2.5 circuits around the pinnacle, plus excursions to the smaller rocks next to it. Saw 3 Hermissenda crassicornis of various sizes and a couple medium size ling cod. There was a lot of Corynactis as well. (Gary was actually using his new Pressed Steel E-series tanks so we need to add an option on the form for those.)
2/16/2003 Eric's Pinnacle Damnit! aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Kati Laihia, Sami Laine, Clinton Bauder
Visibility: 50' Time:6:15 PM
Temp: 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 50FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32,21/45Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP104Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
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Being as this was Kati's birthday and Sami's 1000th dive we decided to forego the original plan of getting some practice in. Besides, it was getting late and it didn't seem right to be practicing skills at night when all the cool critters were out.

Eric's is a great dive at night and there always seem to be interesting things going on. Kati found 4 separate Red Brotulas. I found what we think was a Northern Clingfish and a juvenile Wolfie. This, of course, was in addition to the usual octopi, shrimp and other night shift animals.

When we finished the dive Sami moved the anchor off of the reef onto the sand to make it easier to retrieve and we started up. As we did so I saw a Leopard Shark on the sand. I swam a few kicks away from the line to look at it. No more than 20 seconds later I turned around to find I was all alone. The anchor was dragging and Sami and Kati had followed it exactly as I turned my back. I shielded my light for a second and managed to catch a glimpse of their dive lights and headed back to them for the safety stop.

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