Vet's Daytime Dive 11/11

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Posted by Lee on November 11, 2007 at 20:03:20:

Date: 11/11/07
Dive Location: Vets
Buddy(ies): Angelique
Time: 9:00 am.
Bottom Time: 1 Hour 1 Min
Max Depth: 78 fsw
Vis: 25+ft (Great Vis!!)
Wave height: 1-3 foot soft rollers
Temp at depth: 54F
Surface Temp: 64F

We started our Sunday morning at Malaga Cove. The south swell was rolling in lazily over the kelp. Because this is a shallow dive spot we decided to head towards Vets.

When we got to the lot, we saw a bunch of divers and a class going on. The waves were minimal and the tide was high thus making for a nice easy entry.

We decided to try something new today for a change. The plan was to enter at the bathrooms, go down to the monument and then head south. As usual, we kicked out to the end of the pier and on the way we saw a few sea lions directly out in front of us. When we first dropped we were greeted by a HUGE school of fish. This is the first time in years I have seen such a huge bait ball during the day at Vets. We just sat around at 30 feet admiring the view and stellar vis. At 30 feet, you could see the surface. After a while, we made our way down to the monument. It looks like a new mixer was just placed there based on the look of it. We looked around for a while and noticed a few Coonstripe Shrimp were living there. We also saw a tiny baby Sheephead hiding out in the eel grass on the east side.

After checking things out for a short while, we decided to start to make our way south. At almost 80 feet, there was not much going on so we started moving up to around 60. When we reached 60 we spotted a few Fringeheads and nudis. It was great to see that there was a good amount of life out in the day time.

In the shallows, we came across a bunch of pipefish. These guys are fun to play with. They seem to like divers so we hung out playing with them for a bit. As we started to make our way in, we ran across what looks to be a baby Fringehead or baby Sculpin. I am not quite sure so if anyone can make a proper ID, I would greatly appreciate it.

Overall, a GREAT dive!!!

Below are some highlights from the dive:

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