|Dive Report: The Sea Divers trip to Oil Rigs Eureka and Elly|
Posted by Chris on June 26, 2012 at 18:45:13:|
We left the dock just after 7AM and began the first dive on Eureka about 8AM. The visibility above 110 feet was a chunky 30 feet, and the water was a comfortable 58°F. There was an abrupt thermocline at 110 feet and below the a much cleaner 60+ feet along with a much chiller temperature of about 50°F.
The water was full of salps and jellies.
There were plenty of fish and colorful invertebrates as one expects on a rig dive.
We stayed at Eureka for Dive 2 and conditions remained unchanged, so for dive 3 we moved to Ellen. At Ellen the water was 59°F, but the visibility was a much greener 10 feet. It cleared a bit as one got deeper, but not much.
At Ellen I came across a dark varity of Metridium senile anemones I had not seen before.
Near the end of the dive I found a fair sized Cancer antennarius (Pacific Rock Crab) for a photo subject. I took a series of pictures until my focus light on him caught the attention of a large male sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) who snatched him up an ate him. The last I saw of him was his legs hanging out of the sheephead's mouth.
Captain Richard gave us some great dives and it was another great Sea Divers trip.
©2012 Chris Grossman, diver.net
|Optional Link URL:|
|Optional Link Title:|
|Optional Image URL:|
|Post Background Color:||White Black|
|Post Area Page Width:||Normal Full|
|You must type in the
scrambled text key to
This is required to
help prevent spam bots
from flooding this BBS.