Chamber Day – May 31, 2013
Cee Ray dive boat
Dive spots: Eagle Reef, Bird Rock
Viz: clear / slight milky 20’ – 25’ depending on depth
Quick Chamber Day / dive report. Finally made it out for the annual Chamber Day dive event; this was a very informative and educational trip, in addition to some good diving mixed in.
The Cee Ray was scheduled to dock at the island earlier in the AM, so then we had the rest of the morning/ early afternoon for diving. In addition to a tour of the Chamber facilities, and being locked into the chamber itself, on scene were also the L.A. Police, Sheriff, and Fire dept. – we were not only given a briefing about their responsibilities, but also allowed on deck to walk around, and check out the robotics used (L.A. Police)…very cool. We then walked over to the Chamber, given an in depth briefing, and in separate groups, we were locked into it, and brought to a depth of 1’. Yes, you can feel your ears pop at 1’. We then headed back to our respective boats, who took turns tying up to the dock, and headed out for a few dives. We did Eagle Reef and Bird Rock. The warm sun was out, calm seas, the viz not too bad, but the Sargassum is a nightmare. It is everywhere. There was a thermo at about 50’ – the colder the water, the less Sargassum. Tons of Blacksmiths, several adult Treefish, Sea Stars, Lobsters, Rockfish, those tiny 1” jellies I have no idea of what they are, Keyhole limpets, lots of Garibaldis fiercely guarding their nests, etc…It was a great day of learning about where you could end up, but also were you don’t want to end up…and about those out there to protect us.
Thanks also to the crew and captain of the Cee Ray for a great trip.
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