Posted by tleemay on August 28, 2000 at 14:29:26:
In Reply to: Re: Anybody dive the Channel Is. this weekend? posted by Ken Kurtis on August 27, 2000 at 23:21:58:
To add to Ken's report of yesterday's Clemente
San Clemente's East End Reef Wall
65 deg./ vis was 80'+ as you could easily see the
bottom of the boat from the first sandy ledge. Bat
rays and a healthy population of sculpin were all
over the place. Here too we saw yellow tail
come towards the kelp blinds and wall only to high
tail it outta there when they realized we were
bubble blowers. We did find some rather brilliant
ab shells the size of silver dollars adjacent to
an octo's den. Picked up one that was particularly
nice, only to have the captain comment on it and
pout when I didn't initially give it to him ...
he eventually got it.
On the same site, lots of big ocean whitefish.
Looking into the grottos we saw bugs-a-plenty,
and big too, not your typical resident from the
Island of the Shorts.
MHK and I spotted a yellow and black tropical
that looked to me like a long snouted butterfly
fish. I never heard what the final consensus
was as to it's real ID, I left the salon to
attend to other duties.
On Friday 8/25, Seal Cove Wall and Three Finger
Reef on Clemente's backside were the standouts.
Spectacular with tons of fish and, again, lots of
legal sized bugs. The temps were about 62 and the
vis about 50'. Some on the boat came back with
reports of octos and a pair of free swimming
moray's, something you just don't see everyday
around these parts.
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