Who turned out the light?

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on October 24, 2011 at 18:18:57:

We went back to the artificial reef that I dived yesterday. The ocean was mill pond flat, so we were hoping for a repeat of the fourty feet plus visibility I had yesterday. The dinoflagellates had other ideas. The Nestle's Quick reached down to thirty-five feet, blocking what little light we had through the thick marine layer. It turned out to be one of the darkest night dives I've ever made at ten in the morning. I didn't bring a dive light, so I was forced to use the modeling lights from my camera strobes. Merry shot video using twin 100 watt lights, but even they had a difficult time cutting through the blackness.

Merry near a concrete "sculpture". I didn't darken the photo. It was that dark.

The bizarre artwork

Metridium anemones and large piling on a huge block

Another colorful concrete oddity


Simnias decorate a brown gorgonian with eggs

Merry's Video

The visibility was still great...I think. I couldn't see it. Temperature was a refreshing 51F.

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