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12/15/2013 Nixies aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Nick Radov, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 80' Time:10:30 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 195FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Was able to get myself a spot on the T1 charter today :-). I was supposed to dive with Jim and Joakim but they both cancelled so I buddied up with Nick. We dropped down at the Nixies to find 60ft of visibility and a lot of invertebrates and fish. We navigated the north Nixies first, and then headed south. We then followed the reef East and ended at the shallow spot on Los Gatos at about 80ft. There were tons of lincods and many vermillion near Los Gatos and we had one Mola hanging around at the top of the pinnacle and it visited again during the deco.

We skipped the second dive in favor of getting clean and heading to the Xmas party :-)



6/23/2012 Nixies aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 223FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
I was the organizer for today's tech charter :-). During the week the plan was crafted. First dive would be at Mid-way where there will calm seas and no current, with 100ft visibility and several large yellow eye rock fish, followed by a nice splash at Lobos Rocks playing with the sea lions.

As the weekend approached conditions looked pretty bad, but it started getting better on Friday and Capt Jim decided to go have a look in the morning.

We motored out of the bay where seas were pretty calm, and found a strong winds but moderate swells in Carmel. So far so good. As we passed Carmel the Capt started to get a bit nervous about the forecasted winds for the afternoon, and they decided Mid-way was not a good option :-(. Instead, they decided Nixies was a better option.

We dropped down and headed West and descended on the pinnacle until we found a sandy patch about about 210ft. Soon after arriving Susan found a very nice Rat Fish and we stayed with it for about 5min. We covered our lights a bit no to disturbed it too much and after a few minutes it was very comfortable with us. It swam back and forth btw Susan and myself. Clinton's team also had a good encounter with this or other rat fish, and he got some good images here.

After playing with the fish we moved south on the pinnacle, and found a nice purple sea fan in the middle of a gorgonias field. We showed the sea fan to Dionna and Mark which seem to enjoying the strange creature. We moved a bit farther south and ran into a group of 4 basket stars that were resting on top of a large elephant ear sponge. There was a nice juvenile rock fish in the middle of this pack. I think it was a juv tiger rockfish.

A little bit more scootering and we raw into a nice pack of dinoras, and soon after that we reached a section of the reef where you could see the sand slopping down to 250ft. Too deep for us so we headed back and motored towards the shallow part of the pinnacle. There we found a mid-size wolf eel picking out from a crack. The eel was sharing its den with a nice china rockfish.

So very good first dive, however part of my plan has been spoiled. We decided that at least we needed to do Lobos Rock so we headed a bit farther south. We got to the rocks and although there was a strong wind the swells were not that bad so we decided to test the water.

Susan and I got in the water and totally ignored the anchor line and just headed for the rocks where btw 20-30 seals were waiting for us. We descend to about 20ft and spent the next 1hr playing with the puppies. At the beginning they really didn;t know what to make of us, but after a while they realized we were not dangerous and that we wanted to play. Susan and I alternated at going into the pack and scootering with them, and towards the end we were all very close together and near the surface admiring and enjoying this unique opportunity to engage with this sweat animals. I hope our dog, Naia, could be with us. I'm sure she would have had fun with them.

The ride home was a bit knotty, but totally worth while. We had 3 humpbacks and dolphins riding the bow again.

Lunch at #17 st bistro.

Another grand day out!

Pictures here.
1/15/2012 Nixies aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Susan Bird, Nick Radov
Visibility:   Time:9:45 AM
Temp: 52F - 54F Surge: 2'
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 216FSW Avg Depth: 84FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:43
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL40,AL30
Deco Profile:
6,4,4,4,4,20,5
 
This was my first attempt at underwater photography using a Canon S100 compact camera in a Fisheye Fix housing with a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe. The few pictures that came out better than a blur are posted here. Hopefully I'll get better results once I add the macro lens adapter.

http://baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/Nixies_20120115/

We saw a number of gray whales on the ride out and back.
9/25/2011 Nixies aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Jim Capwell, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 53F - 55F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 205FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
BAUE tech charter on Sunday took us to The Nixies in the Yankee Point area. Conditions were better than expected. Its was dark at the bottom, but visibility was in the 20-30ft range with warmer water in the 51-55 degrees.

Highlight of the dive was Grunt Sculpin that Susan found walking about at the bottom, and then she also found a large Pacific Electric Ray. We were able to hang around with both of them with was really nice experience.

There was a strong current toward the top of the pinnacles, and we enjoyed a fun time driving in and out of the current while circling the pinnacle a couple of times.

We surfaced to found nice sunny skies and flat ocean for the drive back.

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