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Aug
11
2014

Harsh conditions made for a challenging day of diving The Explorer this weekend.  This is in part due to the super moon that we are experiencing (in case you were wondering.)  We departed late Saturday night for Santa Rosa Island, one of the outer Channel Islands.  Santa Rosa is one of the best spots to dive but conditions are usually bad so there is a very small window that charters have to fit into.  Hence the reason why Santa Rosa trips are generally done once per year.  There were very strong currents, wind, and big swells.  But still doable. This was definitely a trip for those with a fat healthy logbook. The first site was right off the island.  There was a large reef directly below the boat with a huge crack in it.  Almost looked like a wall had fallen down.  In the crack you could see all the nocturnal fish taking shelter – mostly because their bright colors make them easy prey for predators.  We saw a ton of treefish in there.  You can spot these at night or in darkened holes or cracks during the day. Look for the black and yellow striped fish with rosy red lips. The second site is where things got great.  After an hour or so of searching for a spot, the captain came across what looked like a huge plateau (mesa?) on his sonar thingamajig.  The crew then elected me to jump in and check it out before we sent all the divers in.  What I found was unreal.  A huge underwater island.  The top was flat sitting in about 20 feet and then rounded down a bit then dropped off to a sheer wall to ~50 feet.  Sorta looked like if you cut the top third of a scuba tank off.  Surrounding the base of the wall were a half dozen swim-throughs – or at least that is how many I saw.  The entire underwater structure was massive and would take some planning if you were to try and get around the whole thing. There was tons and tons of life.  Some of which included gigantic sheepheads, scorpionfish, and hundreds of scallops.  After we surfaced everyone was so jazzed that we made sure the captain marked the spot for next time.  The captain did so and informed the entire boat that the spot was to now be known as Jason’s Underwater Island.  Huge thanks to the crew of the Explorer

Onward and downward,

Jason

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Posting: 08-11-2014
Tags: advanced, california, diving, santa rosa, scuba, underwater island

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