Oct

5

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 16m

Details: For the second dive, Brenna took me to San Carlos Beach to dive the Metridium Fields – a very unique giant anemone that grows in large clusters on boulders etc. The visiblity was atrocious and we nearly got separated on decent. Luckily we made it to the Metridium Fields and it was an eerie experience swimming with these strange forms in the unearthly green glow. Not a stunning dive site, but a very unique one!

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

5

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 16m

Details: Day two in Monterey saw me meet up with Brenna to dive some of shore dives along the Carmel coastline. The first site was Butterfly House, a site that i’d read about which sounded fantastic. The entry point was over a fence and down a small cliff next the “butterfly-shaped” house. We then swam out through a gap in the rocky point and over to the south side of the point. This is were we decended, mainly to make it easier to negotiate the kelp on the surface..better to swim thorugh it, than over the top. We entered a lush kelp forest, and although vis was poor, the place had great atmosphere. Not as many fish as Pt lobos, but some different critters around, and more terrific terrain.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

4

Conditions:

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: This was the second dive at Middle Reef at Point Lobos. One of the amazing things about this area is how quickly the visibility changes. After about an hours surface interval, the vis had dropped dramatically. No biggy…just adds atmosphere to the eerie nature of the kelp forests.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

4

Conditions:

Visibilty: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 11m

Details: I was lucky enough to be sent to San Francisco for a work conference and had two weeks free afterwards to travel around the United States. After a lot of research i decided that diving around Monterey sounds like it would be a good spot to get a few dives in, and also be close enough to see some of the other land-based sites around California. Point Lobos sounded like a fantastic spot to start and i met up with a diver called Gary to check out the Kelp Forests on this amazing marine reserve. Despite all the literature about the underwater canyons right off shore Monterey and Carmel, we only reached about 12m on this dive. But it was fantastic with some nice kelp forests, lots of fish and some great terrain.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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