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Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

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

  1. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Looking forward to it! FWIW, according to the most recent source I can find, swimming under the wharf is not allowed, and the Aqua Tutus club recommends surface swimming well away from the fishing lines, before cutting back as you describe and going along the wooden section. I do have a trilobite in case I get entangled. Will be sure to post how it goes.
     
  2. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Octopuses galore, the last time I was there . . .
     
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  3. uspap

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    I want to dive that site again soon. Its little Lembeh.
     
  4. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Two at Breakwater today. First dive 20-25 ft vis as you got out along wall. Saw a Bat Ray on way out on surface swim. Saw a baby Monkey Face that was stranded on a fishing line that was wrapped around some rocks and I was able to remove the hook. It then proceeded to sit on a rock and let me photograph it. After I was done, it swam off into the rocks. I'd like to think it was his way of saying thanks. Second dive saw Bat Rays underwater. Vis dropped to 15 +/_ as you got out. Saw Thornback Ray on way back in. To top it off, weather was awesome and between dives we were treated to a couple whales swimming by and spouting. Epic day and 86 degrees topside.
     
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  5. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    More than one ray? Wow!
     
  6. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Yes more than 1 ray. Another diver said there was a whole group of baby/juvenile rays off the wall at Breakwater in the sand. I did not see them. Other divers were reporting multiple sightings as well. I never got a good pic but I got nice video of the thornback.
     
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  7. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The only rays we saw were good-sized ones with the fins removed with a knife. Yuck. Visibility was a meager 1-2 m (3-6 ft.). No swell to speak of, but a surprising amount of surge, probably a full body length in the shallower parts. Our group of three descended on one of the first wood pylons and immediately lost each other. Surfaced again and decided to head back. Water was a warm 12C / 57F. I wanted to try again as a buddy pair, but none of the group was going back. Great day to practice navigation! I did spot about a dozen neon orange nudibranchs in the sand, that was the highlight. True to the reputation of the site, two of the three of us came out trailing some fishing line, despite swimming out well away from the concrete section.
     
  8. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Not a great spot with crap vis.
     
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  9. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Carmel looked to be a mess this morning; so, bagged it; though it was little better on the Monterey side.

    One to two meters, in the shallows, tops; lots of crap suspended in the water; fog and a few wave sets . . .
     
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  10. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    The 80 degree weather didn't help matters much. You were diving by Braile.
     
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