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The ROCK ...

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:23 pm
by H20doctor
got a text to do a boat dive ... Um ya .. an early Boat dive ..YUK !! :violent1: as i dont get up outta bed untill noon .. The Dive ? blakely Rock ..the time ? meet at 645 AM ... :lalala: :slap: Ugghhhh .. i got up at %45 am ..it was a Miracle of the dive Gods ..but i made it LATE !! 715 ish thats good for me due to living out in lake stevens .. so We loaded up the the Boat JP was the owner , and the other crew was VJW and Steph M we zipped out on a cold 33 Deg Morning on nice flat water ..

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we got to the Rock and threw over the Anchor and got set in ... i have never been out to this site and it was a new one for me ... we Hit the water all the gear Good , no issues and deflated the Suits to drop into the Green :supz: .. Viz was good id say 20 feet or so, there was a light push of current heading south as we came up on the rock structure .. this site Is made up of rock outcrops and holes .. if i was to compare it to another site id say sund rock kinda , mixed in with fox island / Flag Pole .. large rocks that go into a south direction that meet a sandy floor.. i was tagged up with Jp on a crappy 119 air fill of 3000 PSI ... thank you very much Dive shop !! :banghead: :banghead: some of the large rocks had large gardens of Zooanthids Polyps on them and reminded me of the rock at Possesion Point fingers

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I wasnt able to explore the deep parts of this site due to my air time for filming and not knowing the site and naving back to the anchor line ... JP waved me over and He found a Mated pair of wolfies in a den ... i saw a couple of starfish , blood and cushion
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there was a nice school Of perch doing the rounds in and out of the rocks ... I found a Nice growth Of kelp and fuzzy fern stuff on a shelf at about 55 feet that was home to 5 types of Nudis .. all crawling around looking to be Photod by me .. this was a New One for me
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Saaaaaaawwweeeeeeeettttt !!!! :supz: :supz:

I also found this one................
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And this One ....
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and These ....
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In the shallows i found 2 Nanaimo Dorids just doing there thing...
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the dive crew did another tank on the same reef for dive 2 , as i sat topside and rested ... i am still fighting a cold and had taken sudafed to try and keep me alive for diving ... dive 3 was on the other side of the rock < but the wind and waves had Picked up big time ... 1 to 3 feet with white caps .. My next tank had another craptastist air fill 1900 PSI in my fabel LP 95... I jumped In solo and didnt brake 30 feet as i explored the sand bottom , and shallow ares of the rock ... the 3 man dive team crew went together and found more good stuff for the last and 3rd dive ... I came up to an empty Boot with HUge waves and i almost got the the Point of being seasick ... LOL .. we headed in unloaded and got lunch , as JP had to head home... Great day At Blakely rock and I hope to head back agin to explore the deeper parts of the reef ...

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:27 pm
by H20doctor
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Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:23 pm
by stphnmartin
Way to recap the trip 'doc! It's like I was there! Great pics and way fast with the video. Really cool to watch. I'll get around to mine in 4-5 months. Glad to finally get you out to the rock. Next time full tanks are in order. 3 of them. Really love the bushy nudi. It's awesome.

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Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:36 am
by Grateful Diver
Chris ... your "new" nudi looks like Dendronotus Venustus ... I've seen them before, but they're not very common ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:58 am
by Jan K
Grateful Diver wrote:Chris ... your "new" nudi looks like Dendronotus Venustus ... I've seen them before, but they're not very common ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)


Like Bob said...
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Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:22 pm
by Jeff Pack
Nice, a Whaler with a dive door, wish mine had a dive door

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:27 pm
by jpa
I've thought about putting a ladder just to the right but I'm lazy and taking the BC off and seal-flopping in has worked fine.

One of the few times there has been another dive boat at Blakely Rock while we were there.

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:21 pm
by CaptnJack
Nice pics and write-up!
We always called that site to the east of the rock itself "Shangri-La". If you ever wanna try buddy boating, I could look into free weekends. But if you come all that way for cripes sake check the tank pressures before you leave the shop! :D

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:25 pm
by Jeff Pack
jpa wrote:I've thought about putting a ladder just to the right but I'm lazy and taking the BC off and seal-flopping in has worked fine.



My dive ladder is off the swim step, but its built for tec divers with 200+ pounds of gear on.

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:38 pm
by jmartel
Nice shots. Looks like a fun day, minus the short fill. Next time you guys do this, you should swing by Eagle Harbor and pick me up. Still haven't been out to Blakely rocks.

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:10 pm
by jpa
It is a great dive site. stphnmartin does the planning so you need to butter him up.

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:43 pm
by Gdog
Very cool, great reports, pic, and video

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:25 pm
by Vjw
Awesome pics and video!! I like your style and way of recapping the entire diving experience! :joshsmith: :taco: :notworthy:

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:12 pm
by H20doctor
Jan K wrote:
Grateful Diver wrote:Chris ... your "new" nudi looks like Dendronotus Venustus ... I've seen them before, but they're not very common ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)


Like Bob said...
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Here Is a Cropped Blown Up version
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Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:14 pm
by H20doctor
Grateful Diver wrote:Chris ... your "new" nudi looks like Dendronotus Venustus ... I've seen them before, but they're not very common ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)



thanks Bob ..... 1st time for me !!! :supz: :taco:

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:02 pm
by Gdog
Vjw wrote:Awesome pics and video!! I like your style and way of recapping the entire diving experience! :joshsmith: :taco: :notworthy:

See that Doc, you got style!!

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:19 pm
by H20doctor
Gdog wrote:
Vjw wrote:Awesome pics and video!! I like your style and way of recapping the entire diving experience! :joshsmith: :taco: :notworthy:

See that Doc, you got style!!


Style to be a Stroke !! Gotta love the bonus drone footage at the end

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:15 pm
by Gdog
Oh yes, great catch Val!!!

Re: The ROCK ...

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:39 am
by ScubaJess
Looks like a fantastic time!!! You guys are awesome! Love all the snaps!
Nice work finding that nudi!! Also great to see JPA on the water!!!
I miss you guys!!! :)