Club Dive, Saturday, February 26th , 8:00 a.m. Metridium Fields, Monterey

Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row,
Monterey.
Parking: Meters and pay parking ($10?
for all-day) Use the ParkMobile app and
pay by phone…
Experience Level: Advanced due to
distance from shore
Depth: 35-60ft
Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks
Have you ever wondered why this was here and what it means?
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, we are going to find them and return
to a dive site, 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 north and you should find some.
Thanks to the following public websites for sharing their information on a classic Monterey dive site –
come and join us!
General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night dives, divers
must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually attached to the tank
valve). The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s). That is why
carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one diver’s light
ceases to function. For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for
adhering to these recommendations for club dives.
RSVP if you are coming by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the statue pictured
above.

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