|Dive Report: Catalina on the Great Escape : Aug 8, 2009|
Posted by Chris on August 09, 2009 at 16:56:53:|
On Saturday August 8 Kathryn and I went to Catalina aboard the Great Escape. Our first dive was at the East end of the Old Rock Quarry. Kathryn and I were the first ones and we dropped to the sand in about 80 feet. The water was green, with a lot of small particulates, not the best for photography. The water at depth was 57°F. Kathryn has become a master spotter for me when we dive together and she spotted both the Acanthodoris rhodoceras nudibrach and the Pleuronichthys coenosus (C-O Turbot).
Our second dive was at Ripper's Cove. The water here was 59°F and still very green. Just after we headed away from the boat I spotted a halibut. Since I had a macro lens I just got it's head. When the strobes fired it swam away quickly.
Our last dive was at Yellowtail Point, the water was 59°F and green. Here I found a Paguristes ulreyi (Furry Hermit Crab) on the rocks, and then out in the sand I found a Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis (Mantis Shrimp) and a Juvenile Chaenopsis alepidota (Orangethroat Pikeblenny).
It was a nice trip the omelets for breakfast and the turkey melts for lunch were great.
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