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Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by counterpoint, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What a difference a few days make, off of Monterey and Carmel . . .

    Visibility was very limited, this morning -- three to four meters, tops, off Cannery Row; not that much better in Carmel.

    Here is a brief clip of the clonal pelagic tunicate, Thetys vagina. "Thetys," for the nereid and mother of Achilleus; "vagina," for, why the hell not?

    Each segment, or blastozooid, was about the size of a Coke can; and the colony was about two meters long; though I have seen huge colonies, several times that length, off of Carmel. They feed upon plankton; and, in turn, are fed upon by rockfish, molas, and the Japanese . . .


     
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  2. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wow, a bet a jellyfish would love that all-you-can-eat buffet. I see what you mean about the viz, you're shooting pretty close range and it's still milky.
     
  3. stilldivin

    stilldivin Barracuda

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    It was an overcast day when we arrived at 8 AM at Point Lobos. The ocean was dead calm and the kelp was thick. When we entered the water was like pea soup; very gloomy and dark due to the poor vis and kelp cover. Using our compasses we slowly made our way out to middle reef then turned left to deeper water. The vis improved to about 10-15 feet. It was still like diving at night. There were few fish and when we got deeper but lots of sea urchins. We still saw plenty of life. We reached a max depth of 63 feet. Bottom time 55 minutes, temp. 52 degrees.
     
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  4. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    @stilldivin how deep did you get? it opened up to about 20ft of vis below 60ft
     
  5. stilldivin

    stilldivin Barracuda

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    If you had watched the video the depth and vis was listed. I've since added the report next to the video thumbnail.
     
  6. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    i only skimmed the video and didn't see any depths listed. the vis looked fairly low throughout.
     
  7. pakoR

    pakoR ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Great video. What kind of camera equipment did you record with?
     
  8. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Nice dive by Braille . . .
     
  9. Eyegore

    Eyegore ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Shore dives from San Carlos Beach, yesterday. The vis was variable with 3-6' at the surface and in the shallows. Once down to 30-40' along the breakwater the vis ranged from 10-20'. As we moved along towards the harbor, the vis decayed due to lots of stuff in suspension. We scooted out to the barge (depth around 62') and the vis was around 50'.
     
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  10. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Breakwater today was awesome. 30ft vis and blue. Vis was better deeper than it was shallow. The Cormorants are getting aggressive and in your face. Literally.

    A dude was telling people he saw a 10ft great white swimming back and forth along the wall with a gaff hook in its mouth and a rope attached. It seemed a bit far fetched but we still kept a look out. If the shark was swimming back and forth along the wall we for sure would have seen it. Unfortunately that didn't happen and there is still an item on my bucket list I can't cross off. I think the shark was swimming around in his mind.
     
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