With flat seas, gear still soggy in our trucks from yesterday (see Big Sur expedition reports trickling in separately), and both our wives away for the day, what else could we do but go diving? After a lazy sleepin AM, Beto and I met up for a relaxing scooter dive at Lobos today. I've been bugging him to see if we can make our way out to the Great Pinnacle, so that was our target for the day.
Crowded house at Lobos today and it took a while to stage all our scooters & bottles in the water. Dropped in the sand channel, headed north out of the cove, out past Hole-in-the-Wall, then northwest out to 3-Sisters. Tied in a reel at the far west edge of the 3rd Sister, short jump due west to a pretty ridge called Shortcut Reef. Tied off the reel, then used the ridge's natural navigation to guide us northwest towards our destination. After we ran out of reef, tied in reel #2 and after a 200' or so jump in same direction, boom, found ourselves looking up the face of the Great Pinnacle. Awesome! Vis had been nice darkblue 40-50' ish but out here it deteriated to a greener 25' ish with lots of particles in the water. We made our way counter-clockwise maybe a 1/3 of the way around the Pinnacle and still had plenty of gas in our stages but Beto wisely called it on time, knowing that we'd be slower picking up our line on the way home.
On the way back, I detoured us briefly to invesigate an interesting rock outcropping in the sand and was glad I did. As I was rounding it, Beto flashed me - I had flown right over a monster Dirona Albolineata nudi. He measured it larger than his pinkie to thumb spread, maybe 10 inches. When we veered back to our route, its cousin was waiting for us in a little den on the wall, a bit smaller. These things are stunning. Lots of reports of these last few days, seems its Dirona season.
In addition to the wonderful array of large usual suspects that make up daily diving at Lobos, we passed by a couple of monster California Sheephead patrolling thier territories, both male and female.
Next best thing to cave diving, California diving at its finest. Here is a high level map of our route.