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Langley Tire Reef

Date: 11/12/2011
Bottom Time: 60
Buddy: SW
Time: Night
Visiblity: 4
Current: 1
Overall: 4

We found our way to Langley as our dive at Keystone was blown out (again). The fine folks at Anacortes Diving and Supply had filled our tanks from the previous day's dives and when they learned of our intended destination, prescribed caution and invited us to join them over at Langley, which is largely protected and not current sensitive. The site is really simple... tire reef under the floating concrete breakwater. Something about the site is disorienting, however, so after an extended survey of the eelgrass to the north in the shallows ;) we popped up, then swam over to the breakwater and dropped down. This map/sidescan sonar should make it very clear where the site is: http://jankocian.smugmug.com/Other/Langley-Tire-Reef/8599402_9q87cP#362986197_RF5ev It was a great dive. We found a rope in the sandy bottom, and followed it. Immediately we were joined by a very calm and friendly ratfish, who gave us plenty of photo ops. Just a bit down the rope I spied a very teeny red octo; we played with him for a long time, too! Next a sailfin sculpin... the blocks holding down the rope were each like a little town along an old country road: each held a few interesting characters. Scanning the sides in the awesome vis we had (30 ft... someone earlier had said it was only 10-15, but I strongly disagree and confirmed that with kick cycles along the rope), I saw the tire reef. It... LOOMS. It is a crazy, undulating mat of tires with some projections of logs/poles jutting out. Seeing it for the first time at night... a little spooky! But so much life, LOTS of fish, and just... so many nooks, cranies, holes, dens, you'd never be able to look in even a tenth of them. LOTS of crab, and some very large crab carcases as well, so I'd bet there's a good sized octo or two in there, but who knows if you could find them. Good site, I'd do it again and would love to see it during a good clear day.

Thanks to lavachickie for submitting this review!


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