Dive report; Marineland 2/19/06

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on February 19, 2006 at 15:59:46:

Date: February 19, 2006
Dive Location: Marineland
Buddy(ies): DiveVets group
Time: 9:21
Bottom Time: 1:14
Max Depth: 64'
Vis: 20'
Wave height: 0-1'
Temp at depth: 54F
Comments: As we neared the point we saw a large Gray whale swimming by just a couple hundred yards offshore. We had an uneventful entry, which is always nice. After swimming out as a group to the edge of the reef, we chose sides and dropped down. I found my first of close to a dozen Hopkin's Rose nudibranches on the first rock I saw. The vis was good and the surface was flat, so I made a very slow swim toward the cove. Along the way, I saw the usual critters including several octopus, nudis, a school of Sargo and even a Garibaldi. They are actually uncommon on the main reef. The sand was stirred up in the cove, so I stood up when I got to seven feet and easily walked out. We debriefed in the parking lot, which took 3 1/2 hours. It was such a nice day, nobody wanted to leave.

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