|Dive Report: San Miguel Island with the Sea Divers|
Posted by Chris on May 08, 2009 at 17:30:59:|
It was a bit bumpy when we left Ventura Harbor just after midnight early Friday morning so the boat headed across for the passage between Anacapa and Santa Cruz. Once we made it to the passage and up the back side of Santa Cruz the ride was smooth until area between Rosa and Cruz and had a very bumpy ride. It calmed down a bit on the back side of Rosa but was never smooth again.
At about 7AM Eric dropped anchor at our first dive site on the back side of San Miguel Island, Crook Point. He anchored on the edge of a shelf and wall with a top of about 45-50 feet, and bottom about 70 feet. I went in and swam out a across the sand at 70 feet and came to another drop off and reef that went down to 100 feet. The visibility was about 50 feet, and the water was a toasty 48°F. The most unusual creature I encountered that dive was a Gumboot Chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri).
Our next dive was at Shark Park (a.k.a. Point Bennett). Here the water a a beautiful blue color with almost 80+ foot visibility and again a toasty 48°F water temperature. The most impressive part of the dive was the large school of Blue Rockfish ( Sebastes mystinus (Blue Rockfish)).
For our fourth dive we moved East to a place called the bluffs. I concentrated on macro subjects and got mice pictures of several Calliostoma annulatum (purple-ring topsnail, blue-ring topsnail, jewelled topsnail). The water here was also 48°F.
After leaving Skyscraper we headed for Egg Rock. We saw the Vision at Prince Island. When we got to Egg Rock the current was screaming, so we moved on to Little Wilson. Here there was still current, and a bit to strong for some, but most made the dive. This time the water was 51°F.
This was yet another great Sea Divers trip aboard the Peace.
I am still working on the IDs, but you can see all of the pictures from the May 1-2, 2009 Sea Divers trip to San Miguel Island here.
©2009 Chris Grossman, diver.net
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