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Farnsworth Bank: Purple Hydrocoral and Much More

Discussion in 'California Diving News' started by CaliforniaDivingNews, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. CaliforniaDivingNews

    CaliforniaDivingNews Nassau Grouper

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    by Bonnie J. Cardone

    The engine was off and the Conception was anchored when I awoke in the wee hours of the morning. I rolled out of my bunk and stumbled topside. The ocean was calm, with only a slight swell, and there was no other boat in sight. Off in the distance I saw the outline of familiar mountains. We were anchored on the backside of Catalina, on a fabled site called Farnsworth Bank.

    While conditions appeared favorable, it was early...Read More

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  2. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

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    Fun article . . . I'm making a trip down there in June for a three-day liveaboard, and I'm harboring the not-so-secret hope that we'll be able to dive Farnsworth.
     
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

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    Certainly my favorite dive site on the island if not in SoCal. The hydrocoral combined with the "yellow wall" of Epizoanthus giveni zoanthids, the frequent sightings of torpedo rays, the red-spotted sea star and even scythe butterflyfish!
     
  4. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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  5. CaliforniaDivingNews

    CaliforniaDivingNews Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Torrance, California
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    What boat are you diving on? Do you know who is running the charter? You may want to contact them before the trip to make sure they stop at Farnsworth at some point.
     
  6. limeyx

    limeyx DIR Practitioner

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    If not, I may be forced to shoot myself.
     
  7. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

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    It's the Peace, on a private charter. Farnsworth is on the list, but I gather it will depend on weather and water conditions.

    Nick, won't be able to deal with Jamie's disappointment?
     
  8. limeyx

    limeyx DIR Practitioner

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    The good thing with being on San Clemente is that Farnsworth is so close so you can just hop over there if conditions look good.

    If we dont make it I fear for my very life :) heh heh

    Best reef dive I have ever done with no exceptions (when the conditions are good)

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  9. robint

    robint Orca

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    ahhh, Farnsworth, one of my FAVORITE dives ever. :D

    robin
     

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