|Trip Report: Osborne Bank & SBI|
Posted by Chris on June 20, 2006 at 11:04:39:|
I went on the Sea Divers trip to Osborne Bank and Santa Barbara Island. Because I choose to use doubles (which I don't dive with often) and planed to run a line from the anchor I choose not to take my camera on the Osborne dive.
This dive was a different spot than I had been at before. There was a large plateau at 125' where the boat anchored. The plateau was covered with small heads of purple hydrocoral. The visibility in the top 50' was very good, but there was a green layer between 50' and 90'. Below the green layer it opened up again to over 60' of visibility. I took off in the opposite direction from every one else and found a wall on the side of the plateau. I briefly went to 159' and the sand below me appeared to be another 40' to 50' down. This area was covered with small invertebrates, but nothing was very large.
As with all the times I have been to Osborne it was relatively devoid of fish. I saw some juvenile squarespot rockfish in crevices and many well camouflaged California Scorpionfish.
The last two dives I did at Osborne was an area where the high spot was about 135-140' and had no hydrocoral on top, but very large heads of it on the sides. This spot was not quite as nice, but had the advantage of having a large area still in the recreational range above 130’.
After the Osborne dive we went to a kelp bed about 2000 yards NW of Webster Point at Santa Barbara Island. There were many nudibranchs, but I mostly took pictures of the very interesting flatfish I found. Unfortunately the battery I pit in my camera was having problems and I could not take any more pictures on that dive. When I surface I changed the battery in my camera.
The following dive we did at “White Rock” which is just outside the rookery. Here many sealions came to play. It was a very nice trip and the Great Escape did a nice job of putting the Sea Divers on Osborne Bank.
Osborbne Bank & Santa Barbara Island
with Sea Divers
June 17, 2006
click on the images to enlarge
©2006 Chris Grossman, diver.net
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