It sounds like it was a great weekend of diving for many of us. Facebook kept us busy by all the shares of abundant marine life with more variety than I have heard or seen last few years I have been diving here. We have been getting reports of lumpfish and goosefish almost every week. The dogfish, which I thought was just a myth, have been seen schooling around the wreck of Patriot. I think this has been a great summer for diving and is still going on!
For our adventures we were at Halibut Point on sunday and of course it did not disappoint. The first dive we came across a big torpedo ray laying on the rocks, sleeping. It must have been tired of the attention from all the divers at Folly Cove, but it did not run far enough. I could get fairly close to it for some macro shots, while my dive buddies were thinking I was crazy for doing that.
While seeing a torpedo ray during a dive is enough to make it an awesome dive, the big ass ocean pout resting under a rock took it to another level. It was the biggest pout I have seen, not that I saw very many. I wish it would come out to show its whole beauty but unfortunately we could only get a glimpse of the big pouty lips.
For the rest of the dive we saw two shorthorn sculpins and a searaven, which are always welcomed to show up.
Second dive was mostly a solo dive, since I lost my buddies soon after we descended. I must say I had a great time cruising around at the ashy depths of Halibut Point by myself, feeling the freedom. During that dive I came across a shorthorn sculpin, a searaven, a few hake and a beautiful cod.
The water was pretty cold at 50 F at depth. The vizibility started quite bad at around 5 ft then gradually increased as we passed through a few thermoclines. At 60 ft it was around 15 -20 ft. Great day of diving at Halibut Point, I would do it again any time 😀
Buddies: Bert Perry, Dan Hedrick, Jason Feick, Todd Boothroyd
Dive 1: 50F 68 ft 58 min
Dive 2: 50 F 64 ft 52 min