|Dive report: Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands aboard the Peace : January 26-27, 2013|
Posted by Chris on February 04, 2013 at 22:22:35:|
On January 26-27, 2013 I went on a two-day lobster hunting trip aboard the Peace. Although everyone else on the boat was there for bugs, I used about three of my dives to take pictures.
On Saturday we went to the back side of Santa Rosa Island, the water temperature was 53°F, and the visibility was 40-60 feet. The visibility was so good I dissembled my preassembled macro rig I had brought with me, swapped cameras, and set up for wide angle.
The first dive with the camera was at 60-75 feet on an offshore reefs seperated by sand, There were many Urticina Columbiana (Sand Rose Anemones).
There were other anemoines as well; Urticina mcpeaki, Anthopleura sola (Green Anemone), and many Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone).
There were also large Tethya californiana (Orange Puffball Sponge) with Pachythyone rubra (Sea Cucumber) living on them.
Tethya californiana (Orange Puffball Sponge) and Pachythyone rubra (Sea Cucumber)
There were also many interesting invertebrates including Echinoderms, Crabs, Sponges.
Loligo opalescens (California Market Squid) Eggs
The next dive was at the deep end of the reef on the East Point of Santa Rosa Island where I saw Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone) for the first time as well as more crabs, anemones, and nudibranchs.
Over night the weather changed and on Sunday January 27, 2013 the wind was howling. For the first dive of the day Captain Eric went to a deep offshore reef. Eric put the anchor on the reef and told everyone to go down the anchor. I instead dropped under the boat into the sand at 110-115 feet. In the sand there were scattered rock piles and every one of them was crawling with bugs. Of course almost all were undersized, it was Santa Cruz after all. However among the hundreds of shorts I found one that was almost three pounds and snagged it.
On the third dive of the day I choose to take the camera again. This dive was on a relatively shallow area (15-40 feet) call Pink Ribbon. I stuck with the wide angle lens form the day before, however although the visibility was still 20-40 feet, it was a chunky 20-40. Here are a few from that dive.
Panulirus interruptus (California Spiny Lobster) in a Lobster Trap
It was a great trip on the Peace. Almost everyone caught bugs, a few people limited, the diving was outstanding, and I really enjoyed the trip.
©2013 Chris Grossman, diver.net
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