Trip Report and Photos
Farnsworth Bank, Cape Cortes, & Eagle Rock Reef
with Sea d Sea Dive Shop
and Photos © Elaine Jobin,
may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced written permission.
At 6:00 am Saturday morning
a trip chartered by Sea d Sea Dive Shop set out on the Sundiver for
Farnsworth Bank. We had great weather and ocean conditions for the
three hour journey. The following photos are of the boat and itís
Captain Ray Arntz.
When we arrived at Farnsworth Bank,
the most popular area to anchor and dive, the 60 foot high spot, was already
a parking lot. So......Captain Ray moved us to the other end of the reef with
a high spot of about 80 feet. Because this was a deeper area we were all reminded
to stay within recreational dive limits, and, we were warned that if we did
not feel comfortable making a deep dive to please stay on the boat.
Visibility at Farnsworth
was perhaps 60 feet. The water temperature varied from 68 to 54 degrees, depending
on the depth and the thermoclines. At this end of Farnsworth the rocky reef
was surrounded by a sandy bottom at about 115 feet. The famous purple hydrocoral
was everywhere, as well as many beautiful gorgonians, nudibranchs, and fish.
I didnít see any big fish, but, I did see many schools of blacksmith as well
as lots and lots of .......Brad hold your breath.....tree fish. Bob and Carol
were treated to a torpedo ray sighting.
The anchor line on the assent was
a little crowded as it was the main point of reference, but, watching divers
and their bubbles ascend in the beautiful blue was a great thing to do on the
On the surface, the divemaster was
meticulous about his job of checking everybody in. The boat did not move until
a visual recount had been done on everyone. It was so thorough, by the end of
the day, I was starting to wonder if they were even rating everyone on a scale
of 1 to10 ... hum, maybe I should look at that board sometime. No telling what
new Coast Guard requirements might be.
At Farnsworth, there was actually
one new acquisition. During the dive someone located a lost anchor and its chain.
They didnít have a lift bag, so, using their diver noodle they attached the
found anchor to the anchor line of the Sundiver. It was a little extra work
to pull the anchor, but the plan worked. Below are photos of the retrieval of
the found anchor and its proud new owner!
After the Farnsworth dive we had
a long surface interval. How did I spend my time, taking photos of course.
The next dive site was Cape Cortes
on the backside of Catalina. Visibility here was a little less than Farnsworth,
but still not shabby. This site was loaded with beautiful gorgonians in the
deeper areas. I spotted several bat rays cruising the edge of the kelp. The
shallow area had a beautiful kelp canopy.
Our last dive of the day was at Eagle
Rock Reef. We watched the bald eagles at the top of the cliff watch us dive.
I tried some macro here with a 1:2 extension tube and found a small sheep crab
who didnít seem too bothered about posing for some photos. A sea lion also amused
himself with some diver bombing runs. Actually, this site probably would have
been better for wide angle, I just didnít know that ahead of time.
Our day ended with a comfortable
three hour run back to Long Beach. It was a great way to spend a Saturday, and
a terrific day of diving.. Until next time: