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Dive Report for Saltwater Park

posted Apr 6, 2013, 9:41 PM by Ed Gullekson   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 9:00 AM by Unknown user ]
The showers and sun came and went all afternoon while 9 SeaHorses headed for Saltwater. Rich H, Monica F, Mike S, Pieter B, Bill S, Nick H, Gary S, Brian L and Ed G all showed up to make the trek out to the park reefs.  Two people had gear issues and were not able to make the first dive so 7 of us braved the choppy water and swam to the reef.  The life on this reef has really multiplied in the last 2 years.  Five species of rockfish (black, quillback, copper, brown and vermillion) abounded.  Lings and ling egg clusters are still being guarded in some locations.  Greenlings are all about plus I saw a red Irish Lord.  On this first dive we swam to the small triangular buoy to descend - right on the reef.  We spent the time on the center reef, finding one GPO out and about.
 
During the surface interval we lost a couple divers to hunger and cold plus we got some more rain and sun (both).  Five of us did the second dive and by this time the wind had died and the chop was almost gone.  The surface current pushed us south as we swam out so instead of just fighting it on the surface we grouped up and descended in 25 feet.  Once on the bottom the current was much less and we swam north and out into the depth.  On the way we found the old reef that Ray Anderson had help install years ago.  In just a few minutes we found the south reef.  Again rockfish, lings, perch, greenlings abound.  We found a second GPO, much larger and deep in a hole.
 
These were two great dives - thanks for the big turnout.  This site requires us to be in shape, but gives back a wonderful experience.  Water temp ran 47-48 and visibility was 25 to 30 at depth.
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