Only 75ft in diameter and isolated in an expanse of sand off the Big Sur coast, this conical rock is home to a few unusual regular residents that make it an attractive choice on the rare days when both surface conditions and ocean currents allow access.
In areas frequented by spearfishmen, vermilion rockfish (Sebastes miniatus) are exceptionally wary of divers. However, this animal, living in a remote area and at depth just shallower than the limits of recreational diving, enthusiastically greets human visitors.Red light is lost quickly at depth. The coloring of this animal, while striking near the surface, is effective camouflage in deeper waters. "Kawika's Kone", Big Sur, California December 15, 2004