Diving Crystal Cove State Park: Reef Point

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Posted by Sean on August 07, 2005 at 15:43:09:

Site: Crystal Cove State Park: Reef Point
Date: 08/06/2005
Dive Time: 9:09am
Bottom Time: 82 minutes
Max Depth: 42 feet
Temp at depth: 57 degrees
Temp at surface: 63 degrees
Swells: 1 footers
Vis: 20 - 30 feet
Tide: Comming up (High at 11am)

Dive time: 12:31pm
Bottom Time: 62 minutes
Max Depth: 46 feet
Temp at Depth: 57 degrees
Temp on Surface: 68 degrees
Swells: 1 ft.
Vis: 20-25 feet
Tide: going out

More info: I met up with Scott and headed up to Reef Point Saturday morning. After asking a diver about the spot, we geared up and headed down the many stairs to the beach. We saw a pod of dolphins offshore as we walked down. We entered the rocky beach and easily kicked out to the dive spot in very clam seas. We had red tide so we didn't know what to expect. We dropped right on the side of a large reef, leaving the red tide behind us with an easy 20 feet of vis. We had a wide array of fish including many small male Sheephead, Surfperch, Blacksmith and many Garibalidis all over the reef. We found several Tylodina fungina,many Rockpool Blennys, lightbulb tunicates, Scorpionfish, a medium-sized octopus out in the open, several adult and juvenile Tree Fish, an unidentified flat worm, several sponges, gorgonians, and a nice Hedgehog Hydroid. One of the Tylondina fungina had a tiny nudibranch on top of him hitching a ride. We were happy the red tide was just on the top 10 feet. We had 2 nice dives and really enjoyed Reef Point!

pictures: http://gallery.scubapost.net/v/seand/2005scubaphotos/reefpoint/


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