Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dive Report - Scuba Pt Loma 1/30/11

Date: 1/30/2011

Dive 1
Location: Pt Loma Kelp Forest - Gayle's Spot
Time in: 9:51 am
Time under: 52 min
Max depth: 85 ft
Ave temp: 59 F
Vis: ~10-15 ft
Waves: 3-5+ ft swells, surge
Mix: 33%
Buddies: Mike H and Steve M

Dive 2
Location: Pt Loma Kelp Forest - Gayle's Spot
Time in: 12:08 pm
Time under: 51 min
Max depth: 84 ft
Ave temp: 59 F
Vis: ~10 ft
Waves: 3-5+ ft swells, surge
Mix: 33%
Buddies: Mike H and Steve M

More photos: http://underpressurephoto.com/Dive-Reports/20110130-ScubaPtLoma/

Mike Hallack on the reef off Pt Loma
Mike Hallack on the reef off Pt Loma

Highlights: Another day on the water with beautiful reef structure, tons of gorgonians and lots of nudibranchs. First time photographing a white dendronotid (Dendronotus albus).

White dendronotid (Dendronotus albus)
White dendronotid (Dendronotus albus)

We did two dives at Gayle's Spot, which Steve chose due to the weather conditions. The swells were large and choppy and the wind was blowing out of the south. On the first dive, Mike and I were rigged for wide angle. Conditions were borderline for wide angle, with lots of material in the water. There was a fair amount of surge and Steve taunted us by finding a red tipped dorid and a white dendronotid.

Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea) and Club-tipped Anemone (Corynactis californica)
Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea) and Club-tipped Anemone (Corynactis californica)

For the second dive, we switched to macro and went looking for Steve's nudibranchs. Visibility was less than the first dive, so I was happy I switched. We managed to find a couple of white dendronotids and Steve found the red tipped dorid at the very end. Unfortunately, it lept off the reef into the deep and I was running low on no-deco time, so I missed getting a shot of it. I think Steve found it again before he came up, so hopefully he got a shot of it. There's always next time for me!

Scott

Orange Cup Coral (Balanophyllia elegans)
Orange Cup Coral (Balanophyllia elegans)