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Point Loma - 3 Fingers Reef, 08/27/2005


Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat


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Posted by Sean on August 28, 2005 at 01:46:46:

Dive#1: 3 Fingers Reef
Date: 08/27/2005
Time: 08:24am
Swells: Flat Conditions
Temp at Depth: 54 degrees
Water Temp on Surface: 61 degrees
Air Temp: 63 degrees
Bottom Time: 56:40

Dive#2: 3 Fingers Reef
Date: 08/27/2005
Time: 10:46am
Swells: Still Flat
Temp at Depth: 52 degrees
Temp on Surface: 61 degrees
Air Temp: 66 degrees
Bottom Time: 63:00

Claudette and I headed down to Point Loma on the Dive Animal's Panga. We met up at Ski Beach at the crack of dawn and witnessed the sunrise. We got our gear on the boat and had a quick ride out to the kelp beds. We saw a "boiling" baitball on our way so we jumped in the water to check it out. We saw some baitfish in bunches, but when we saw the vis was pretty limited, we got back on the boat. quickly after we arrived at 3 fingers and donned our gear for the venture into the depths. We dropped down into 15 feet of vis right on top of a huge boulder covered with nudibranchs. We explored the cracks and rocks looking for and finding tons of life. It seemed whenever we weren't looking for a Lingcod one would be right next to us. We must have seen 5 Lingcods during the 2 dives. We also saw several types of rockfish: Starry, Rosy, Honeycomb, Copper, and Canary, Treefish, Scallops, Sculpins, Scorpionfish, Senorita Fish, Gobies, Garibaldis, Blacksmith, Black Perch, and much more. The male Sheephead were pretty small as well as the Lingcods. The 2nd dive had the temperature go down by 2 degrees to 52 and the visibility increase by 10-15 feet. We could get a feel for the structure around us and see one another from rock to rock. All in all the dives and company were top notch!

Thanks for the dives Claudette and thanks to Mike for being a boat operator for the Dive Animals!!


Photos: See link below

Sean



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