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Posted by Chris on March 29, 2006 at 20:16:55:

When we left port 2AM Tuesday March 21, 2006 I was not sure we would make Santa Rosa because it was bumpy, however when I awoke in the morning we were passing between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa on our way to Talcott Shoals. The water was not pretty, there were big swells, whitecaps, wind; but we were going to Talcott!

Once we got there the water on most dives was 50 &def;F, surgy, dirty, and green. The visibility varied from about 15 feet to 5 feet. Those that were willing to go up into the shallows (<5 ft) and get worked were rewarded with bugs. Out deeper (20 ft. +) the surge was smaller but still big (5 ft back and forth) but the bugs were small and not easily accessible. In the afternoon when the waves were coming over the bow we left for the shelter of Santa Cruz.

That night some people (including Captain Eric) elected to go night diving and most did not return empty handed.

On Wednesday morning we headed for the backside of Santa Rosa. Again most of the bugs were in shallow. Out deeper they were way back and inaccessible.

Our fourth and last dive of the day was at Willows on the back side of Santa Cruz. I choose to Take pictures on this dive. I found fornicating snails almost everywhere I went. Mostly pairs and groups of Kellet's Whelks (Kelletia kelletii) or one pair of Ophiodermella ophioderma.

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Animals trip to
Santa Rosa Island & Santa Cruz Island
aboard the Peace
March 21-22, 2006

click on the images to enlarge

Topside
Ventura Field of Orange Blossoms
Ventura Field of Orange Blossoms
Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows
(Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows
(Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows
(Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cliff Swallows
(Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Looking at San Miguel Island from Talcott Shoals
Looking at San Miguel Island
from Talcott Shoals
Chris Cervellone
Chris Cervellone
Captain Eric Bowman prepares for the night dive at Santa Cruz Island
Captain Eric Bowman
prepares for the night dive
at Santa Cruz Island
Moss Crab (Loxorhynchus crispatus) aka Masking Crab
Moss Crab
(Loxorhynchus crispatus)
aka Masking Crab
Moss Crab (Loxorhynchus crispatus) aka Masking Crab
Moss Crab
(Loxorhynchus crispatus)
aka Masking Crab
Offshore Oil Rig
Offshore Oil Rig
Offshore Oil Rig
Offshore Oil Rig

Willows at Santa Cruz Island
Sheep Crab (Loxorhynchus grandis)
Sheep Crab
(Loxorhynchus grandis)
Sheep Crab (Loxorhynchus grandis)
Sheep Crab
(Loxorhynchus grandis)
Fornicating Kellet's Whelks (Kelletia kelletii)
Fornicating Kellet's Whelks
(Kelletia kelletii)
Mating Kellet's Whelks (Kelletia kelletii)
Mating Kellet's Whelks
(Kelletia kelletii)
Short Spined Sea Star (Pisaster brevispinus)
Short Spined Sea Star
(Pisaster brevispinus)
The anchor of the Peace
The anchor of the Peace
Fornicating Ophiodermella ophioderma
Ophiodermella ophioderma
Fornicating Ophiodermella ophioderma
Ophiodermella ophioderma
Mating Ophiodermella ophioderma
Mating Ophiodermella ophioderma
Kellet's Whelk (Kelletia kelletii)
Kellet's Whelk
(Kelletia kelletii)
Kellet's Whelk (Kelletia kelletii) manage a trois
Kellet's Whelk
(Kelletia kelletii)
manage a trois
Blackeye Goby (Coryphopterus nicholsii)
Blackeye Goby
(Coryphopterus nicholsii)


©2006 Chris Grossman, diver.net




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