I am so grateful for the awesome dive buddies I have, who helped me, so that I could do this dive. I do have some issues with my drysuit, that’s why I didn’t do many dives this year. The suit does not fit me properly, the booties do not stay on my feet, and I cannot reach to my own feet to fix the fins. I really need help getting the fins on and even getting the straps of the fins around the ankle weights to secure the fins. Yes, probably a little hazardous diving but sometimes I just can’t help it, I really need to dive. And my great dive buddies are there to patiently help me get in the water.
The weather was expected to be awesome and the past week was not too harsh on the ocean so we planned a dive, ambitiously at Halibut Point. Carrying the gear through that route to the rocks then gearing and hopping over the rocks to get to the water requires too much ATP (energy currency of cells) but it is all worth it! Every single time!
The water was flat calm. We jumped in, freezing water on the face with a little than hoped for visibility. Soon after we started descending we started to see all the tiniest creatures and bunch of nudibranchs, most of them in decent size. I was happily taking photos at around 20-25ft with many nudis around my buddy summoned me towards the deeper parts. Once you get below ~40ft the dive transforms into a space exploration trip in another planet. Just amazing atmosphere with much better visibility.
I love taking photos at shallower depths where most nudis hang out. But I love diving at these deeper end of this site, no photo can depict the feeling of it, I don’t even try to anymore. I can only recommend you to go see it for yourself.
So, yes it was a beautiful dive. We saw plenty of nudis, at the deeper end the sand was covered with northern cerianthids. The frilled anemones were scattered around. I generally find them boring as photo subjects but I saw a really cool colored one, with dark gray and balckish hue, I even quacked about it :). There was also a big northern red, sitting on a rock. There weren’t many fish around but Dan showed us a shorthorn sculpin. Apparently there was a red searaven as well, didn’t get to see that one. It was also the first time I saw two spider crabs mating, a horrific view 😛
The thermocline was very drastic. Towards the end of the dive, I was ascending slowly following the terrain, at some point above my head I saw a layer of blackish stain sort of thing, almost like a trail of squid ink. As I went through it I realized that it was the thermocline. That was pretty cool and a little disorienting once you got into the blurriness of the thermocline.
I am so glad that we decided to dive this weekend and were not scared of the long walk. My body aches all over, still, after 2 days, but still I would do it again.
50 min, 67 ft, 35F (corrected after conflicting data from different divers), ~20-25ft viz at depth
Dive buddies: Bert, Dan, J. Kenney