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11/10/2013 Breakwater by Jason Adelaars -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Fofo Gonzalez, Oleg Tsvinev
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:6:10 PM
Temp: 53F Surge:  
Max Depth: 50FSW Avg Depth:  
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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Met in the Breakwater parking lot for tasty treats and boisterous conversation with other BAUE members. It was great to see new faces, familiar faces, and finally put faces to names. After we had our fill of cookies and humus we convinced ourselves we were *actually* there to dive. Fofo, Oleg, and I formed a doubles team and hit the water about an hour after dark. We descended at #7 along the wall to some better than expected conditions (~15ft viz and few jellies). We kicked along the wall/sand interface to about 40ft - along the way I saw a China rockfish and a pair of young Bocaccio, among many other sub-adult rockfishes. We were followed by a black harbor seal, using our lights to forage. At 40ft (20min) we headed North into the sand into a garden of sea pens. Over the sand were many dozens of octopi! Also came across a large pleurobranchus californicus and even larger sea hare. We mosied back toward the beach, passed over some low-relief reef covered in sub-adult rockfish. Highlight for me was spotting a Thornback Ray in about 15ft of water - a first sighting for me! We surfaced in 10ft of water right where we entered - perfectly planned and executed dive!