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Belated Dive Report: Farnsworth Bank with Sea Divers


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Posted by Chris on August 24, 2005 at 12:50:47:

On Sunday August 14, 2005 the Sea Divers went to Farnsworth Bank aboard the Great Escape. The Great Escape left the dock at 3am and we had a very smooth crossing. And arrived at Farnsworth Bank just after 7AM.
We did two dives at Farnsworth, the first at 7:15 AM, and the second at 9:30 AM with a great hot breakfast in between. The visibility at Farnsworth was 60 ft. + and the water was a comfortable 56 °F below and a toasty 64 °F at the surface.
Our next dive was a Whale Rock at 11:30 AM. The visibility here varied from 20 to 35 ft., but the water was 65 °F. I found the most scenic area of the dive was East of the rock where there many gorgonian covered rocks and even some green abalone.
Our last dive of the day was just East of Eagle Rock at 1:20 PM. I dropped below the boat and found a pinnacle in 90 ft. with the top about 58 ft. An approximately 200 lb. Black Sea Bass circled me several times, but out of camera range. Eric Storsteen the Sea Divers encountered a pair of Black Sea Bass on this dive. It was another great Sea Divers trip aboard the Great Escape.

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Sea Divers trip to
Farnsworth Bank,
and the back side of Santa Catalina Island
aboard the Great Escape
August 14, 2005

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Topside Photos
Gene Greenberg & Captain Tim Burke
Gene Greenberg
& Captain Tim Burke
Victoria Francis & Frank Huntly
Victoria Francis & Frank Huntly
Marcel & Tammy Lafremboise
Marcel & Tammy Lafremboise
John Forbes
John Forbes
Divemaster James
Divemaster James
Eric Penn & Monique LeMay
Eric Penn & Monique LeMay
The West End of Santa Catalina Island
The West End of
Santa Catalina Island
Richard Laub & Suzanne Cervellone
Richard Laub
& Suzanne Cervellone

Dive 1: Farnsworth Bank
Bat Star (Asterina miniata) on California Hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus)
Bat Star (Asterina miniata)
on California Hydrocoral
(Stylaster californicus)
red spotted star
red spotted star
red spotted star
red spotted star
red spotted star
red spotted star
Suzanne Cervellone
Suzanne Cervellone
California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
California Scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata)
Pink Abalone (Haliotis corrugata)
Pink Abalone
(Haliotis corrugata)
Monique LeMay
Monique LeMay

Dive 2: Farnsworth Bank
Farnsworh Bank
Farnsworh Bank
red spotted star
red spotted star
unknown metal junk
abandoned lobster trap
unknown metal junk
unknown metal junk
Farnsworh Bank
Farnsworh Bank
red spotted star
red spotted star.jpg
Colonial Cup Coral (Coenocyathus bowersi) & California Hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus)
Colonial Cup Coral
(Coenocyathus bowersi)
& California Hydrocoral
(Stylaster californicus)
John Forbes
John Forbes
 Fletcher Forbes
Fletcher Forbes
Island Kelpfish (Alloclinus holderi) on California Hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus)
Island Kelpfish
(Alloclinus holderi)
on California Hydrocoral
(Stylaster californicus)
 

Dive 3: Whale Rock
Kathryn Cody
Kathryn Cody
notice the inverted Green Abalone (Haliotis fulgens)
notice the
inverted Green Abalone
(Haliotis fulgens)
Kathryn Cody
Kathryn Cody
California Sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) & Pile Surfperch (Damalichthys vacca)
California Sheephead
(Semicossyphus pulcher)
& Pile Surfperch
(Damalichthys vacca)
Giant Spined Star (Pisaster giganteus)
Giant Spined Star
(Pisaster giganteus)
Bat Star (Asterina mimiata) on a California Golden Gorgonian (Muricea californica)
Bat Star (Asterina mimiata) on
a California Golden Gorgonian
(Muricea californica)
Kelp Rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens)
Kelp Rockfish
(Sebastes atrovirens)
Kelp Rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens)
Kelp Rockfish
(Sebastes atrovirens)
mixed gorgonians
mixed gorgonians
Brown Rockfish (a.k.a. Bolinas) (Sebastes auriculatus)
Brown Rockfish (a.k.a. Bolinas)
(Sebastes auriculatus)
Brown Rockfish (a.k.a. Bolinas) (Sebastes auriculatus)
Brown Rockfish (a.k.a. Bolinas)
(Sebastes auriculatus)
a Sea Diver
a Sea Diver
P8141053Flr.jpg
Monique LeMay
P8141054Fxlr.jpg
Eric Penn
Victoria Francis
Victoria Francis
Frank Huntly & Victoria Francis
Frank Huntly & Victoria Francis
 Victoria Francis
Victoria Francis
Norris's Topsnail (Norrisia norrisi)
Norris's Topsnail
(Norrisia norrisi)
 

Dive 4: Just East of Eagle Rock
P8141095Fglr.jpg
P8141095Fglr.jpg
Fluted Bryozoan (Hippodiplosoa insculpta) on a Red Gorgonian (Lophogorgia chilensis)
Fluted Bryozoan
(Hippodiplosoa insculpta)
on a Red Gorgonian
(Lophogorgia chilensis)
Yellow Zoanthid (Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
Fluted Bryozoan (Hippodiplosoa insculpta)
Fluted Bryozoan
(Hippodiplosoa insculpta)
mixed gorgonians
mixed gorgonians
abandoned lobster trap
abandoned lobster trap
mixed gorgonians
mixed gorgonians
Opaleye (Girella nigricans)
Opaleye
(Girella nigricans)
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
California Golden Gorgonian (Muricea californica)
California Golden Gorgonian
(Muricea californica)
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
California Golden Gorgonian (Muricea californica)
California Golden Gorgonian
(Muricea californica)
mixed gorgonians
mixed gorgonians
mixed gorgonians
mixed gorgonians
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid (Parazoanthus lucificum)
Yellow Zoanthid
(Parazoanthus lucificum)
Giant Kelpfish (Heterostichus rostratus)
Giant Kelpfish
(Heterostichus rostratus)


©2005 Chris Grossman, diver.net




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