|Dive Report: Farnsworth Bank, Ship Rock, & Santa Cruz Island with the Sea Divers|
Posted by Chris on August 06, 2009 at 02:31:19:|
On Friday July 24, 2009 the Sea Divers were scheduled to go to Begg Rock aboard the Peace. Unfortunately the Navy decided to close Begg Rock and most of San Nicolas that day for exercises. Because of high winds at Miguel and the fact the Northern islands had had very poor visibility we headed for Farnsworth Bank Thursday at Midnight.
For our second dive we moved to the 80 foot spot at Farnsworth. This time I switched to wide angle
For our third dive we moved to the high spot at Farnsworth Bank. I kept the wide angle lens and of course found a rare nudibranch Phyllidiopsis blanca. I could not get as close in as I would have liked, but still managed to get a picture.
For our fourth dive we want to Ship Rock. I kept the wide angle lens on. The visibility was less here, maybe 30 feet, but still blue.
The fifth and last day dive was at Sea Fan Grotto. I spent my time a bit west of the grotto with my macro lens. Here the vis was a bit lest and the water had a bit of green in it.
There was a night dive after dinner, but Kathryn and I did not do it.
That night we headed for Santa Cruz Island for four more dives. For the first three dives I hunted for halibut, but did not see any. However Bob Davis got a nice one near Ruby Rock.
Becasue the water was green on the forth dive on day two at Santa Cruz Island I took my macro lens in and found a few interesting subjects.
Even though we did not make it to Begg Rock this time it was still a great trip. We did three dives on Farnsworth and then Ship Rock on day one, and four good dive at Santa Cruz.
You can see all of the pictures from the trip by clicking here.
©2009 Chris Grossman, diver.net
P.S. If you would like to be part of one of the great Sea Divers trips you can check them out here!. We have a local wreck trip in a few weeks on the Sea Bass, a trip to the Pinnacles of San Miguel in September aboard the Peace, two two-day bug hunting trips in October aboard the Peace. The first to Cortes Bank, and the second to Talcott Shoals. There is also a Saturday-Sunday trip in early December to the Northern Channel Islands.
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