Monterey Underwater Photography Diving – the dive report.

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010

Green anemones are common
under wharf II.
This post is a continuation from my last post about our adventure to Monterey for my first time in the water with my new drysuit and my new underwater camera system. We get geared up in our drysuits, and off we go down the beach and into the water. Before I could get my mask and fins on a sleeper wave promptly knocks me over. Luckily I landed on my back, my camera on my stomach, with my feet in front of me. When the wave receded I was able to kick back out without being rolled in the surf line. I finished getting my mask and fins on and we swam out to our dive site, which is under Wharf II. When we got out to the wharf we found that the water is green, really green! In the shade the water is dark and in the sun the water is glowing green. Visibility is about 3 feet. There is some surge pulling us back and forth occasionally bumping into each other. But, down under we go.
We poke around the bottom of the pilings for awhile in the sunny area and then decide to see if we can see better in the shade on the wall. Sure enough it is dark but the green water isn’t glowing and reducing the visibility. On the wall we see some small fish, nudibranchs, lots of strawberry anemones, and an occasional shrimp. Randy saw a Melibe nudibranch, commonly known as a Lion’s Mane nudibranch. Very pretty. We looked around on the wall for about 30 minutes taking a picture every now and then.

I found a small octopus that posed for a few pictures then scuttled off into a crack in the wall. It was very cute but I don’t think it liked when I started talking to it. I find myself talking to the creatures that I see and photograph underwater. Maybe I need to learn to keep my mouth shut when underwater.

Octopi can change their color and texture
to blend with their surroundings.
We occasionally lost each other but managed to find each other again by watching for our flashes to go off. Plus Randy has a really powerful Hartenberger aiming light which is pretty easy to spot underwater even in poor visibility. After 45 minutes we decide we had enough and swam back to shore, exited the ocean uneventfully and hiked back over the sand to our car to shed our gear.
We decided that one dive in those conditions was enough, gave everything a quick rinse, put it away in the car and went out to lunch at Toastie’s in Pacific Grove. The dive was fun even if the conditions weren’t great. It was so nice to be SCUBA diving and taking pictures underwater again. I’m looking forward to our next diving adventure in October, with our club the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society.