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Club Dive May 2019: Copper Roof – CANCELLED
May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
[The POC has decided to cancel this dive due to weather. This dive will be rescheduled at a later date. Please see Meetup for additional information.]
Meet at 9 am at the Cooper Roof dive site, located at the south end of Carmel Beach in Carmel. The site is named for the oxidized copper-roofed house at the south end of the beach. The house is known and listed as the “Clinton Walker House”.
Per Bruce Watkins’ on Copper Roof: “Many of the shallow rocks are covered with layers of coralline algae, within which small critters find shelter and food. Look among the algae for an assortment of nudibranchs, shrimps, and tiny fish. The dorids here grow particularly large and may be the size of your fist or even bigger. The big ones are primarily lemon nudibranchs, white dorids or Monterey dorids. Some of the more highly colored and photogenic nudibranchs may also be found here—the pink Hopkin’s Rose and the horned nudibranch. Also, look for small fish here—sculpins, gobies, kelpfish, and juvenile rockfish.”
No facilities are available. Some of us will be meeting at Black Bear Diner in Monterey at 7:30 am. Black Bear is located at 2450 N Fremont St.
- Access: Park on Scenic Rd. There is a well-maintained staircase to the beach.
- Entry: Enter close to the rocks on the south end of the beach.
- Skill level: Beginner – advanced. On calm days beginner. Otherwise beginners should buddy with more experienced divers.
- Depth: 20′ – 60′
- Visibility: 15′ – 40′ (I’m just passing on what I read!)
- Photography: Good macro photography for small fish, nudibranchs and other invertebrates. Good wide-angle photography in deeper water.
- Hazards: On calm days this spot is easy to enter and exit. Cnditions can be rough here when there is wave action. Watch for currents and boat traffic on the outer reef. (Note: we’ll meet here, assess conditions, and either stay and dive or move to another site.)