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Alki Pipeline

Date: 7/28/2007
Depth: 36
Bottom Time: 75
Buddy: Chris Pattillo, Todd Becraft
Time: Night
Visiblity: 5
Current: 0
Entry: Easy
Charter: No
Overall: 4

This is a fun night dive! I thought it was going to be lame but I have dove this site several times and have really enjoyed every one of them. It is a shallow dive, about 10-30ft. Wander down to the beach and wade over to where the bottom turns to rocks directly in front of the round water treatment building (I know, I know). The pipeline is buried in rock and boulders so there is really nothing but sand and some eel grass beds to the right and left. The pipeline is covered in what ranges from small baseball size rocks to piles of chair sized boulders. The boulders have lots of sculpin, gunnels, some rock fish, etc. and many different varieties of anemones. Follow the pipeline out and keep your light scanning the sand flats to the sides of the pipeline. On each dive here we have seen several dogfish and some of them have even sat still enough for us to photograph them. On this last dive we fount a Giant Skate measuring 5ft from nose to tail – WOW! We peeked into the end of the pipeline but there is nothing in there to see, and who knows how safe it is anyway. The boulders will run out and you’ll need to follow your compass to find out where they pick up again if you want to see the end of the pipeline. Its pretty flat out there so it is easy to get turned around if you leave the pipeline but it is worth seeing the opening at the end and exploring the rocks at the mouth of it.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this review!


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