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New Meetup: Coral Street Beach

From: rachel the w.
Sent on: Sunday, August 23, 2009 6:27 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Greater Bay Area Scuba Lovers Meetup!

What: Coral Street Beach

When: October 18,[masked]:00 AM

Coral Street Beach
Ocean View Blvd & Coral St
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

This is an easy dive suitable for novice/intermediate divers. If you haven't been in the water for a while or in cold water I recommend the Novice dives as a start. The entry is calm and protected but beyond the western rock outcropping the coastal currents can be quite strong. We will play it by ear on this dive. The depth is only 15 ft to 40 feet so shallow bouyancy practice is a good idea in the protected area.

There is the protected area with rocky boulders worth exploring if the surge further out proves too strong. Then a sandy channel that leads to pinnacles and outcroppings covered with invertebrates, algae and fishes. Halibut are often spotted here as are playful harbor seals. Because we will be diving in fall be prepared to return under the kelp bloom and save enough air to get back to the still waters of the cove. If you have a dive knife-bring it for the inevitable kelp tangles.

There is street parking but no bathrooms. The beach is accessible via a stairway on the left of the beach closest to the rock wall.

This is a colorful dive if the surge allows and a mellow exploration if we return t the still waters. I am excited about swimming with halibut, lemon nudibranches, Hopkin's Rose, ring topped shells and and sponges. Bring a camera as the visibility can be good here.

Lets get wet!

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