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Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

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

  1. KRL1973

    KRL1973 Solo Diver

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    video:
     
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  2. CalTony

    CalTony Angel Fish

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    Location: San Francisco
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  3. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Awesome shot. Very nice.
     
  4. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Awesome friendly Harbor Seal in Breakwater middle reef. They were my dive buddy, playmate, lie on bottom (neutral) and hang out looking at each other buddy. My pinniped interaction has been achieved, I'm happy. They were my dive buddy for 15-20+ minutes. I left them alone to root about near by, and they would sometimes come over to play tug on fin, or to hang out. They did lots of fin chewing behind me or with me facing up, so I took my fins off and held them so maybe they would do that in front instead of behind me. They were very interested in that change, my small contribution to pinniped education, and moved to play with them, but never did. I held my fins the second half of the dive, they chewed on a bootie briefly, but did not hang around :(. And I saw them dart away once so I'm fairly sure I at least startled them with a fin-less frog kick :(:(.

    3:41pm, 18' max, 70 minutes, 55 deg, vis 12', sidemount. a few feet of surge at times.
    Lots of giant spined sea stars.
     
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  5. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Manta Ray

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    That's funny, I was there Saturday, and hiding within the rocks at the metridiums I saw only eyes & the "lures" on top. I thought it was probably a cabezon, now I am sure of my ID.

    At least a dozen sea lions circling us at the wall. Breakwater is sometimes a "been there, done that" site, and parking and the crowds are a hassle, but as long as the viz is decent, it generally delivers a good dive.
     
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  6. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

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    Fun dive along the Breakwater Friday, November 2'nd, trying out some new video lights and second checkout dove for my recently replaced drysuit hood.

    Bottom time: 70 minutes
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Visibility: 10 to 15+ feet
    Water temperature: 55 to 59.4F
    Conditions: Sunny & warm. Small waves that required a little attention during entry and exit. Tide was close to the stairs when we arrived and descending.

    We kicked out to the 7 and dropped into 10 foot vis---lots of sand from the recent surf, I assume, and some green life too---and cruised along a 30 to 40 foot contour staying up along the wall. There were lots of fish---Blacksmiths, female Sheephead, Rockfish & Surf Perch. We didn't spot the Barred Knife Jaw sighted by a diver in the same area.

    The visibility increased to 15+ feet as we worked our way out toward the end of the wall where we were surrounded by lots of frisky Sea Lions, racing around & getting in our face. We hung out there 'til my gauge showed half-air and I twirled my finger.

    We headed back along the 30 foot contour at a faster pace, pausing occasionally to film more fish. My new lights seemed to work fine---I haven't checked the footage yet---but may have upset my trim as I felt like I needed another pound or two of lead when I got into about 12 feet of water. I surfaced at the 4 & headed back to my truck, a happy diver.
     
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  7. KRL1973

    KRL1973 Solo Diver

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    "Barred Knife Jaw"?? Had never heard of that and had to look it up. I have never seen or heard of that being seen in Monterey area before (or anywhere in California for that matter). I strongly suspect that what was actually sighted was a treefish. Treefish - Wikipedia

    You don't see them every dive but treefish are regularly seen and bare a similar appearance
     
  8. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Manta Ray

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    Some guy posted video on one of the facebook Monterey scuba pages, and it looked legit for the Barred Knife Jaw, as he identified it.

    It wasn't a rockfish type, it had a thin sideways body. If I had seen it, I would have thought it was a surfperch.
     
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  9. KRL1973

    KRL1973 Solo Diver

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    Thanks, I tracked down that video, and yes, definitely not a treefish and it does appear to be the barred knife jaw.

    found this article that makes the possibility more believable
    Invasive Asian Fish Found in Oregon Waters

    I will be on the look-out on my next dive there.
     
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  10. stilldivin

    stilldivin Barracuda

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    Pt. Lobos today, 11-9-18.
    It was a beautiful, sunny day when we arrived to a very calm ocean. We could tell the visibility was going to be fantastic. At the start of the video I filmed near the ramp and it is rarely as clear as it was. We progressed out to deeper water near middle reef towards the lone metridium and ended up at about 59 feet. The kelp got a bit sparse at depth and we saw the inevitable sea urchins destroying it. We also saw soft coral and sponges, a treefish, copper rockfish and blue rockfish, a kelp greenling, anemones, egg sacks and many other critters. Water temp. 53 degrees, dive time 53 minutes.
     

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