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Dive Begg Rock & San Nicolas Island on July 14-15, 2017 aboard the Peace


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


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Posted by The Sea Divers on June 21, 2017 at 09:22:43:

Begg Rock and San Nicolas Island are awesome dives!

Begg Rock
Begg Rock

Come enjoy some great diving at the Begg Rock and San Nicolas Island on Friday and Saturday July 14-15 aboard the Peace with the Sea Divers.   Begg Rock is world class pinnacle 8 miles Northwest from San Nicolas Island that offers incredibly lush invertebrate life, giant sheets of encrusting purple coral, huge schools of rockfish, and walls that drop into the abyss. It is he most dramatic dive in California.   Begg Rock is a Marine Protected Area.

After 1-3 dives at Begg Rock we will head to San Nicolas Island where there are many smaller offshore pinnacles with healthy kelp, lush life, and abundant fish.   As you can see from last year's (2016) trip and the 2015 trip there are ample photo opportunities and plenty of fish for those who want to bring some seafood.   There are no MPAs at Nic, only at Begg Rock.   Both Begg Rock and San Nicolas Island sit well offshore and are well fed by upwellings and currents that feed the profuse sea life.

Boarding on the Peace begins at 8PM on Thursday evening July 13 and the boat departs promptly at Midnight.   We should be back at the dock by around 6:30PM on Saturday evening.

If you would like to go on the trip you can sign up online at the Sea Divers web page. Then email Suzanne or call here at 626-221-1119 with your bunk preferences since all bunks are reserved.

Photos from previous trips: 2016, 2015, 2011, 2008


 Juvenile Rockfish
Juvenile Rockfish at Begg Rock


Stylantheca porphyra (Encrusting Hydrocoral)
Stylantheca porphyra (Encrusting Hydrocoral) at Begg Rock


Mytilus californianus (California Mussel),  Metridium senile (White Anemone), & Megabalanus californicus (California Barnacle), Ophlitaspongia pennata (Red encrusting sponge)
Mytilus californianus (California Mussel), Metridium senile (White Anemone), & Megabalanus californicus (California Barnacle), Ophlitaspongia pennata (Red encrusting sponge) at Begg Rock


Sebastes caurinus (Copper Rockfish)
Sebastes caurinus (Copper Rockfish) at 7 fathom Kelp


Pedicularia californica (Hydrocoral Snail) on Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral) 	Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral)
Pedicularia californica (Hydrocoral Snail) on Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral) Stylaster californicus (California Hydrocoral) at the 7 Fathom Pinnacle (Canyons)


Urticina coriacea (Stubby Rose Anemone)
Urticina coriacea (Stubby Rose Anemone) South of the Boilers


Atagema alba on a Tethya aurantia (Orange Puffball Sponge)
Atagema alba on a Tethya aurantia (Orange Puffball Sponge) South of the Boilers


Scorpaenichthys marmoratus (Cabezon)
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus (Cabezon) at 3 Mile Reef


Caryophyllia alaskensis (Tan Cup Coral)
Caryophyllia alaskensis (Tan Cup Coral) at 3 Mile Reef


Chirolophis nugator (Mosshead Warbonnet)
Chirolophis nugator (Mosshead Warbonnet) at 10 Fathom Reef




all photographs ©2017 Chris Grossman, diver.net, all rights reserved




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