05-22-2017
Good morning Divers!!!


Begin Time: 8:59 am
Time: 39 min
Max Dept: 47 ft
Temp: 58-65 F
Visibility: 10-15 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, Mid tide moving to low, waves, heavy surge.
Dive Buddies: Nick. Total 8.

The previous week had small surf, but south swells were coming back. But the angle of the south swells were blocked by San Clemente Island. The water was still
green. The waves were breaking on the shore. The conditions were better than last week, but still not excellent.

I met up with the group at Crescent Bay. I already checked the conditions and it was good enough to go in. We suited up and we entered the water.

The swim out to the drop down point was fine. Many classes were around. At the drop down point, I told Chris to take us to Deadman's Reef. I knew that when I got
down, I wouldn't be able to see my compass. It was pretty dark down there which makes looking at your compass hard. Chris lead the group once we were all on
the bottom and we hit the reef after a few minutes.

I swam along the edge of the reef and at the east most point, I swam into the canyon. I noticed that there weren't many CA Sheep Head around. There were lots of
Garabaldi and they were protecting their nests. There wasn't much kelp either at the reef. I swam west and at the western most point, I swam back around east on
the ocean side of the reef. Still no sheep head around. Well, just a few.

Nick told me he was half way through his air so we headed back to shore. I saw Dead Henge close by and swam over to it so we could swim along it. At the end of
Dead Henge we swam across the sand to the inner reef.

The inner reef had a lot of kelp growing. Many reached to the surface and created a canopy. All of the CA Sheep Head that we have seen at Deadman's Reef were
at the inner reef. Just about all the fish were there. It seems they left Deadman's Reef because of the lack of kelp. We swam along the inner reef and we saw many
more fish of different varieties hanging out in the shallows. In about 8 feet of water I ascended to the surface and made my way out of the water.

We packed up our gear and headed over to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. The dive was better than last week and we found out where all the fish from the
reef went. The Garibaldi have taken over Deadman's Reef, probably because it's their nesting season.

picture:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2017_05_20.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour
http://southcoastdivers.com