Posted by tster on September 10, 2007 at 18:32:35:|
In Reply to: Re: Midweek on the Spectre posted by Patrick on June 14, 2007 at 15:04:24:
divers on board. Still, it didn't seem as crowded as I had
expected. Maybe because its quite a large boat.
We started off with a nice breakfast - egg, cheese and bacon
sandwich, and some coffee. The ride over was fairly smooth.
We thought we were heading to anacapa, but we were in for a
treat, potato rock at santa cruz island. hurray! Mike told me
about all the nudies we would find there.. too bad I didn't
bring a macro lens...Mike changed from WA to macro on his
well, we got to potato rock, and the water was green. We then
circled the entire island, still green green green. we went
back to anacapa, looked around, and finally stopped at
fishbowl point. the water wasn't clear, but it was diveable. I
was getting hot in my drysuit! Mike changed lenses again, back
to wide angle.
dive #1 - fishbowl point, north side of anacapa
mike and I started off heading deep, it wasn't hard to get to
70ft. lots of pretty red and purple gorgonians, lot of brittle
stars. we saw a bat ray go by at one point. vis wasn't great,
maybe 20ft, lots of particles in the water, but it was still a
3 types of gorgonians
tube anemones, brittle stars
After a while, I decided to head to shallow water to see what
was in the kelp. I found a baby kelpfish, but the photo came
I explored around, and in 15ft of water found a nice
underwater swimthrough that let to a blue-water cavern-like
area against the shoreline - very cool! looking at my watch, I
had to get back to the boat, since we were doing 4 dives I
didn't want to exceed a 60 minute dive time.
We went around to the south side of anacapa, and stopped at
underwater island, a nice site. since we were doing 60 minute
dives, Mike and I made sure we were 1st off the boat again.
Ted had anchored right on the reef, and we started going
around the reef counter-clockwise.
Blue rockfish. I saw this single rockfish immediately after
dropping onto the reef.
After we made it half-way around the reef, I started seeing
several large mammals... other divers! oh no. underwater island isn't that big, and we were about to run into the other 33 divers. I suggested we make the swim over to channels, the
dive site along the shore. the swim was difficult due to a
long surge and the drag from my drysuit, but we made it.
Before leaving the dive site we saw the meloche memorial
Channels dive site:
The shallow areas of channels at 14ft depth were very surgy, with a long strong surge from the long-period south swell, and vis was reduced. still, the site was beautiful, named for the long sand channels that lie between the kelp. schools of sargo, black perch, white perch, and other small perch made this a fun area. soon a harbor seal found me, and kept coming by.
black perch and sargo
I went shallower than Mike had, he didn't get to see the seal.
We swam back to the boat separately. when I got on board, mike
said "did you see it, did you get the shot?". I said yep, I
thought he meant the seal. no, he meant the black sea bass, he
saw one at 41ft depth while swimming back to the boat. he reminded me the score - mike 1, scotty 0.
coral reef dive site:
we ate a delicious lunch, and then motored a short distance to
coral reef. finally, I was able to get a 60 minute surface
interval! we decided to swim east along the north side of the
reef to the end, and then turn around and follow the south
side back to the boat, against the current.
mike bartick and blacksmith
mike is attached by a huge comb jelly! it took both of us to
fend off the beast.. it was ferocious!
After we turned around and started coming back to the boat, I
felt the drag of the current, and the cold water against my
head. I really wanted to get back to the boat, Mikey was
taking his time. So, being a good buddy, I just took off,
kicking against the current, moving up to shallower water on
top of the reef.
I had learned my lesson at san clemente. A soupfin shark had
swam right by me, and my camera was not on "shark settings".
so today I always had my camera on "sea bass" settings when I
was swimming in-between photo subjects.
vis was pretty good, and while I was looking out, I saw a large black sea bass swim towards me. he came by fairly close quickly, and then went away, sensing I didn't have any fish. luckily I got a couple of shots off.
black sea bass
I was pretty excited. The score was evened! there were some
pretty gorgonians and brittle stars on the reef, I started
taking photos of them. 5 minutes later, out of the corner of
my eye, what did I see? the sea bass again! it took a second
to move away from the sea fan and look up.. hmmm, he was gone.
well, if he made a 2nd pass, maybe he'll come by a third time.
I hovered for 5 minutes, and sure enough, he made another
black sea bass, 3rd pass
That was nice, I saw the sea bass 3 times. I swam towards the
top of the reef where tall kelp was growing, passing under the
top of coral reef
Again, I surfaced after 60 minutes, Mike was surfacing at the
same time. I jubilantly reported my findings to him! the sad
part about this dive was seeing a 6-8 inch treefish on the end
of someone's spear gun. Mike tried to explain in a nice way to
the small group of spearhunters on the boat they should try to
be more selective, but they weren't too receptive to it.
The last dive was at cathedral cove. What a perfect ending to
the day, sea lions!
I quickly made my way into shallow water, trying to find the
sea-lion play area.
kelp bass in the eel grass
This scene was unbelieveable. I swam into 12 feet of water,
into a large bed of eel grass. and what did I see, a large
number of kelp bass, laying in the eel grass. they looked like
they were sleeping, I had never seen that before. all of them
were lying down. as I approached closer, they slowly rose up
above the eel grass.
jelly for dinner
kelp bass, kelp rockfish, black perch, and 2 sea lions
lions through the kelp
Ok, now that I had seen some sea lions through the kelp, I
swam out into the open sand, where they usually play. I spent
the remaining 30 minutes just hanging out here, letting them
swim by me, and approaching them when the young ones sat in
thinking "aren't I beautiful?"
"so you think you can dance"
"aren't I cute?"
up for air
Mike was taking nice photos of a large male sheephead while I
was with the sea lions. After we boarded the boat, I enjoyed a
quick dip in the hot tub, and a nice ride home.
fishbowl point: 69ft, 61min, 62 deg
It was a great day of diving. the spectre was great - ted was
awesome looking for spots with clear water, food was
great,fills were really fast, and the DM helpful.
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