June 17 - June 24, 2007
Jenny writes: This morning dawned windy and choppy (again) and we were still heading north. Diving or even coring at Davidson Seamount as we went by was out of the question. The next backup (to the backup, to the backup, to the backup, etc.) plan was to dive at a site on the wall of Monterey Canyon where Lonny noted that bamboo corals had been seen by the ROV Ventana. This seemed a good plan because it was within the relative shelter of Monterey Bay, but the wind picked back up to 32 knots there, so that plan, also, was nixed. We aren't surrendering yet, however. Now the plan is to wait until tomorrow morning and hope for better conditions. We are now hove-to within sight of Monterey Harbor.
Lonny writes: After being beat-up by the sea for three days, we finally reached the calm of Monterey Bay by early evening. Clear sky, calm seas, and a close-up view of the Monterey Peninsula from the Western Flyer awaited us. We will stay off Monterey for the evening, with the hopes that sea conditions will be calm enough so that we can do several shallow dives in the Monterey Canyon tomorrow. We have selected several dive waypoints that are likely to have large bamboo corals living at depths which are still needed for the project.