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Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

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

  1. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Is South Monastery still an Urchin barren?
     
  2. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    With the caveat that this is only the second time that I've dove Monastery, and never in the North, I would say that the shallow rocks close to the coastline are basically covered with the buggers. Still enough kelp to circle around that if it's your thing (it's my thing).
     
  3. runsongas

    runsongas Contributor

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    @uspap pretty much. got worse since the spring it looks like. north is patchy, back side of wash rock is getting bad
     
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  4. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    North Monastery had about 5-6 meters of visibility, about seven this morning -- and a decent surge, at the splash rock; lots of hungry larval fish and equally-hungry cormorants; murkier closer to shore. The Monterey / Pacific Grove side, was an excercise in lime jello this morning -- divers in aspic . . .
     
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  5. bjd001

    bjd001 Instructor, Scuba

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    I totally agree. I dove South Monastery June 13, 20, and 27. The shallow rocks, and the rocks you see if you continue to swim to the left are pretty barren. However, if you swim out to the kelp field in the middle there are urchins, but plenty of other stuff to see. There are fewer urchins the farther out you go. Also, if you head due West for a bit, and then head due North, we found some great piles of rocks with kelp and lots of critters and not very many urchins. Well worth checking out.
     
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  6. bjd001

    bjd001 Instructor, Scuba

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    Took kayaks out to the big kelp field at Carmel River State Beach on Saturday, July 11th. AWESOME! We could see the surface from 70 feet! Horizontal viz was at least 40 feet. Very few urchins.

    It was a bit chilly, though. My computer said 46 degrees, which is 2 degrees colder than we saw at South Monastery in June. (Although my computer does tend to read a couple of degrees lower than most other people I'm diving with.)

    Conditions are looking pretty good for this coming weekend so I may be heading to Monterey again. :) And I've got reservations for Point Lobos on July 25th, assuming they stay open.
     
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  7. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Did two dives at North Monastery with Mubin today to check out the Squid Eggs and Squid. Pretty cool to see a bunch of Squid cruzing around. We went out from the wall and dove the sand ridge/slope along the canyon. Never did that before but it was nice. You could feel the current pretty strong there. Vis was a hazy green 15-20ft. Better vis seemed to be closer but it wasn't great there either. Sun was out and it was a beautiful day.
     
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  8. stilldivin

    stilldivin Contributor

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  9. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'd recognize that shade of lime jello anywhere . . .
     
  10. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hit North Monastery for two dives, this morning. Visibility ranged from 5-8 meters -- better near the splash rock. Squid were still darting around and there were egg cases to be had, below 20 meters.

    We rarely get shoaling squid so close to shore; not like some Southern California night dives. There always seems a few stragglers, here and there; but nothing like this plague year.

    Dive-bombed by cormorants as well; pecked at fins; snorkels; their reflections in masks; any shiny stuff on the BC -- wonder what they're like roasted . . .
     
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