Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey.
Parking: Meters and pay parking ($8 for all-day)
Experience Level: Advanced due to distance from shore
Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks
Have you ever wondered why this was here and what it means?
If you’d like to know the story, click this. This history is relevant to us because, unlike much of the history on Cannery Row, the
remnants of those pipes are still available underwater and, for our night dive in July, we are going to find them and return to a dive site which Dave Ramsey taught me how to dive at the beginning of my diving career, the Metridium Fields off the Breakwater Jetty.
While the Metridium Fields are located at the same beach as the
often crowded breakwater, the diving experience is a world away.
Here you’ll find large rocky reefs covered with 2-foot tall giant metridium anemones. While these are reason enough to visit the area, you’ll also see a host of nudibranchs including very large sea lemons, clown dorids, and of course hermissendas. Keep your eyes open for juvenile wolf eels, and even the occasional swell shark hiding inside the rocks.
Swim out on the same side of the beach. Swim out until you line up the backs of the bathroom and the deli with the great tri-tip sandwiches. For the other direction, line yourself up with the left side of backscatter (the building with the big whale on the side). Drop down there and go due north. This should bring you to the big pipe pretty quickly, and you can either follow it out and go north on the end, or you can keep going N and you should find some.
Thanks to the following public websites for sharing their information on a classic Monterey dive site which we, as a club, have not dived in years – come and join us!