Fish storm at Farnsworth Bank

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Posted by Merry on August 25, 2021 at 15:15:27:

Last Sunday, we joined Phil Colla, Kevin Lee, Dana Rodda and Nannette and Bill Van Antwerp on the Giant Stride for what we thought would be your typical dives at Farnsworth. Ha! We were in for a truly mind-blowing experience. Our first clue should have been when Captain Jim Simmerman said the bottom looked to be at ~40 feet (if memory serves), meaning that fish were obscuring the actual depth. Okay, a school of fish would be good, but what we got was great.

Descending into blue water with 60' vis is a rare treat for the senses in itself, but added to that, we found ourselves in the middle of what looked like the beginning of creation. Massive schools of jack mackerel, topsmelt and possibly sardines, formed undulating masses that traversed the water column. All the while, endless rivers of mackerel swirled past. By the time I settled down and made it to the reef, huge schools of halfmoons also dominated the pinnacle tops.

Blue water

Purple hydrocoral, Stylaster californicus

Phil Colla safety stop

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