Dive report 6.1.11

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Posted by Andy S on June 01, 2011 at 16:15:01:

Today, in spite of the projections, John and I just had to get out and get wet and make sure all the Moby Kate stuff was properly working. Early in the AM there was zero wind and a modest but long period west swell. Not bad at all. Vis was brown until 30 fsw but then it cleared up to a hazy 12’ at depth. Dive at 95 feet on “the big pipe” yielded the largest California Sea Slugs I have ever seen cruising on the rubble apron. They looked 10 inches long. And there were some laying strings of eggs. Also lots of Megasurcula carpenteriana and fair number of Bursa californica that were attaching to shells in preparation for laying eggs. There were throngs of 1-2 inch juvenile rock fish – looks like a great year for Sebastes recruitment. And every open ˝ scallop shell on the pipe had a berried female cancer crab in residence – it looked like a apartment block for pregnant crabs. What was not so exciting was the water temperature – 49 F at 90 fsw. Frigid. Second dive up on MDR rock piles. Pretty much the same with a couple calico for dinner. A cold wind had come up and it was real chllly when not in the direct sun plus it got quite choppy so we called it a day after the second dive.

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