In October 2013, the Bay Area Underwater Explorers (baue.org), in collaboration with NOAA, conducted a weeklong dive project at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off of the dive boat Escapade.
This video summarizes the project, sharing both the beautiful underwater scenery at Cordell Bank and a little bit of the story behind the project. The video details the history and geography of Cordell Bank, our motivation for visiting Cordell Bank, the logistics of conducting deep dives far offshore, and our impressions of the diving itself, plus lots of video and photos of the diving itself.
The project dives consisted of three days of diving at Craine's Point, Northern East Ridge, and Northern West Ridge. On the days that we visited the bank, there were enormous schools of both adult and juvenile rockfish (mostly widows), beautiful clear blue water, and structures completely covered by a variety of colorful sponges and anemones.
The expedition would not have been possible without the support of NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory, Any Water Sports, and the crew of the Escapade.