Saturday, August 31, 2019

Needle and Eric's Pinnacle

-> The Needle, 84ft, 50min, 20-30ft viz, 52F
Fair bit of fog as we motored towards Carmel in the hope of getting a dive in there before the wind picked up. The water inside the harbor and inner Monterey Bay was a gag-inducing dark brown due to an algae bloom.
Little bit of chop on the surface when we got to the site. Managed to cock up my hoses as I got in. Trying to switch to the stage, clip off my long hose and clear my mask at the same time doesn't work as well as you'd think.
 -> Eric's Pinnacle, 55ft, 63min, 50-60ft viz, 51F
Lake-like conditions on the surface and spectacular viz below. Clear blue water let us hop among the various structures around the main pinnacle.

With D'Or and DaHouse

 - U

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Three Sisters

Ocean was super flat with practically no wind but the outgoing tide meant conditions inside the cove were less than ideal. It was hazy and full of particulate all the way to Lone Metridium but it opened up once we got out to the Sisters and dropped below 100ft. At that point, the viz opened up to ~40ft but it was still a little greenish. There were a bunch of large canary and vermillion rockfish which didn't budge as we swam by them - they looked like they may have been guarding their nests (??). While scootering back to the Worm Patch, we hit night dive conditions under the kelp as the sun went in and out of the clouds.

With D'Or

-> 121ft, 72min, 30-40ft viz, 52F

 - U