|Trip Report and Photos: Sea Divers to San Miguel 09-08-06|
Posted by Elaine on October 06, 2006 at 08:23:08:|
Trip Report and Photos
Sea Divers to San Miguel Island on the Peace
September 8 & 9, 2006
The annual September Sea Diver trip to San Miguel Island on the Peace is one of my favorite trips. September after September, we have had exceptional luck and weather to make it to this most Western Channel Island. Once again, in 2006, we made it!
This is us getting on the boat.
In the morning we were at San Miguel Island. I slept through the first dive at Boomerang, but made it out on the second at Wilson Slide and the Canyons. These areas are underwater hillsides decorated with colorful invertebrates - not kelp.
Surface intervals were fun.
Kevin Rumbo even played "Pool Boy" with his large fan.
In the afternoon, we went to the Point Bennet Foul Area and Castle Rock - AKA Great White Shark Park, but we didn't see any Great Whites. There were lots of fun macro things to look at though.
The shallow late afternoon dive was at Cuyler Harbor. The water was murky. I stopped at an old kelp holdfast and was entertained for about a half hour by the numerous Coonstripe shrimp who were out waving their antennae. A kelpfish keep hanging around and eventually caught a shrimp in his mouth. He spit the critter out.
Not many went on the night dive at have Rock. If it isn't lobster season most people don't seem to want to get off the boat at night. I really liked this one. I saw my second Arctonoe pulchra or perhaps vittata worm spiraling through the water column and enjoyed being immersed in a giant swarm of krill.
The next morning we started the day off at Skyscraper and Egg often amidst swarms of krill. There aren't many pictures of krill in the identification books, but National Geographic has a nice video about them.
Surface intervals were fun on the second day too.
Sea Lions even showed up to provide topside entertainment.
On the way home, we stopped at two Santa Cruz Island dive sites. At twin caves I found a yellow fin fringehead and a flat worm.
At Diablo I saw lots of juveniles in the gorgonians and holdfasts. The 40-50 foot range was like a nursery.
Thanks again to Captain Eric and the Peace Crew for another wonderful September trip to San Miguel!
Until Next Time.........
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