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Dive Report: Farnsworth & Catalina on November 4, 2012


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Posted by Chris on November 11, 2012 at 21:28:16:

I did a dive at Farnsworth Bank and Catalina on November 4, 2012 aboard the Great Escape. The visibility at Farnsworth was 100+ feet. The boat was clearly visible on the surface from 110 feet.

Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral) &  Megathura crenulata (Giant Keyhole Limpet)
Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral) & Megathura crenulata (Giant Keyhole Limpet)


Urticina mcpeaki, Patiria miniata (Bat Star), & Rhinogobiops nicholsii (Blackeye Goby)
Urticina mcpeaki, Patiria miniata (Bat Star), & Rhinogobiops nicholsii (Blackeye Goby)


Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spinned Star), Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral), Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Red Sea Urchin), Corynactis californica (Club Tipped Anemone) , & Peltodoris nobilis (Sea Lemon)
Pisaster giganteus (Giant Spinned Star), Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral), Strongylocentrotus franciscanus (Red Sea Urchin), Corynactis californica (Club Tipped Anemone) , & Peltodoris nobilis (Sea Lemon)

After Farnsworth Captain Tim moved the boat to a secret spot on the back side. Here the visibility was only about 50 feet.

Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster) in a commercial lobster trap
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster) in a commercial lobster trap


One Haliotis corrugata (Pink Abalone) & Six Haliotis fulgens (Green Abalone)
One Haliotis corrugata (Pink Abalone) & Six Haliotis fulgens (Green Abalone)


The third dive was at Eagle Rock. Here the visibilty was 60+ feet.

Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock


Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian) & Muricea fruticosa (Brown Gorgonian)
Muricea californica (California Golden Gorgonian) & Muricea fruticosa (Brown Gorgonian)


Paralabrax clathratus (Kelp Bass), Hypsypops rubicundus (Garibaldi), & Oxyjulis californica (Seņorita) with Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp) in the distance
Paralabrax clathratus (Kelp Bass), Hypsypops rubicundus (Garibaldi), & Oxyjulis californica (Seņorita) with Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp) in the distance


The fourth dive was at Black Rock and there the visibitly was again 60+ feet. Unfortunatley I did not take pictures on this dive.

It was a great day of diving on the Great Escape.

Click here to see all of my photos from the trip.

©2012 Chris Grossman, diver.net



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