Three Tree 11/7

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Three Tree 11/7

Post by pogiguy05 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:08 pm

Met up with Tom Nic around 9am for a couple of dives. The wind was blowing yet we still decided to try and set up the canopy to help get out of the rain. I have 4 concrete cinder blocks to help in windy situations, but once the sides were up it was obvious it was not going to work out. We made sure the sides were open and then geared up for a dive to the cabin cruiser. It is nice that Three Tree entry is protected from southerly winds. There was not much wave action as we swam out to the buoys and dropped. Visibility was about 20-25fsw and slowly the cabin cruiser appeared. We both had our cameras so we do what photo divers do and looked for interesting stuff. At one point I noticed an anemone must have eaten something that gave it alot of gas. It was blowing bubbles out its butt like there was no tomorrow and I have pictures to prove it. Then again it might have been Tom inside the cruiser taking a pic of something he found. The large octo is no longer there and after about 15 minutes we started to head back to the entry. We found the engine block which had a condo for grunt sculpins going on today. Seems every nook or cranny had one occupying it.

The second dive was to the junk yard. On this dive also found that the octo under the golf ball boat is no longer there. As we swam at about 70fsw there was a very long white pipe amongst some other debri and I was surprised when I looked into the end of it there was a grey wolf eel staring at me. On our way back to the entry to my delightful surprise when we came across the golf ball boats trailer, I found a juvenile wolf eel in the rear square pipe on the right side. Sorry but my pics did not come out of him. :angry: We also encounter the mysterious bowling ball pyramid which is around 40fsw and between the entry and the antler house.Both Tom and I had not been in the water in a while and it was great getting wet again. Both above and below. There was no current to speak of on either dive as well. Water temp was 50 degrees and we did about 1 hour each dive.
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Tom Nic » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:19 pm

Wonderful dives, but the surface conditions blew - literally! Thanks Jeff for a couple of great dives - It's been too long since I've been out on a Thursday.

It was weird watching the 25lb? concrete block levitate in the wind. We were fortunate it wasn't blown away while we were underwater.

Great report - nothing to add except that the Cabin Cruiser octo WAS there - just had to look a little further back.

I've been seeing pics of this gorgeous White Grunt Sculpin - Moby Grunt?

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She turned away after getting tired of my flash, and when she did it revealed the treasures that she (he?!? Not sure whether it is the male or female that stays with the eggs) has been watching.

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There was plenty to keep us busy taking pics, colorful Crescent Gunnels, handsome Scaleyheads, and the occasional cooperative Ratfish. All in all a couple of great dives!

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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Tom Nic » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:21 pm

Love that last pic of the bubbles coming up through the Plumose - way cool!
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Tom Nic » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:45 pm

And last but not least, we ran into the star of that famous old movie - "I Was A Teenage Wolf Eel".

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And.... who says there aren't sharks around here?!

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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by pogiguy05 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:14 am

I thought it was a dolphin but maybe I am wrong :luv:
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Dusty2 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:32 am

Hey pogiguy, Anemones don't have butts, They poop through there mouth! :rofl:

Tom I'm surprised you don't know that the male grunt is the egg sitter.

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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Linedog » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:59 am

Very awesome pics!!!
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by gutholmj » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:39 am

Great photos. You make me want to get up to TTN when it's not so windy.
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by YellowEye » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:29 am

Hi
Nice pics and report Tom and Jeff!

Monk, GDog and I met up to do a night dive. We all arrived a little late due to horrible traffic caused by the wind and rain. But by the time we got to the site, things had calmed down and we were able to enjoy gearing up in dry calm.

Minimal surface current, great viz. Sightings of note included a decorated warbonnet (I've never seen one of these there -- but too far back in a tire to photo), hooded nudies, eel grass (I haven't noticed it here in years), and unfortunately a few wasting sunflower sea stars :(.

Great diving, sorry we missed you Jeff
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by monk » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:11 am

Thanks for the tour and the great dive! (I'm glad I didn't give up on the drive half way due to traffic.) It was nice meeting Gdog and Yelloweye in person. I will be trying to add some more ThThTh into my schedule once in awhile.

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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Tom Nic » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:00 pm

Way cool about the Warbonnet! I will keep an eye out...

Glad you guys got in a dive and that things were starting to calm down a bit by the time you got there.
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Tom Nic » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:01 pm

YellowEye wrote: and unfortunately a few wasting sunflower sea stars :(


Did you take a picture? I was looking for them but did not see any.
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Gdog » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:08 pm

Not much to take a photo of, their little sea star arms were laying everywhere!

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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by YellowEye » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:26 am

Not a great shot, but here is one example:

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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by Tom Nic » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:23 pm

YellowEye wrote:Not a great shot, but here is one example:

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Here is a link to a page where we are being asked to report sightings and pics. This can be important in documenting any spread of this disease.

http://www.vanaqua.org/act/research/sea-stars
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Re: Three Tree 11/7

Post by YellowEye » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:22 pm

Thanks for the link! I reported it.
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