Dive #18 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

12h
25m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
10:50PM

Bottom Time:
45 minutes

Maximum Depth:
63 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1000 psi

Weather Conditions:
Night 78F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
80F

Bottom Water Temperature:
78F

Visibility:
60 feet
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July 5,
1998
BABY DOCK (CAPTAIN DON'S HABITAT)
BONAIRE
NIGHT SHORE DIVE
 
Linda, Mercedes, and Myron (buddies)
Captain Don's Habitat
http://www.habitatbonaire.com/
Rich
Tiger grouper at night
Photo by Myron Johnson in Bonaire 1998 
Dive Journal:

At 8:45PM we seek out a Habitat slide show presented by a local marine photographer and naturalist named Jerry of Photo Tours Gallery. He exhibits absolutely stunning images of Bonairean reef critters captured in perfect detail, and he explains some of their behaviors and his photo techniques.

Following the hourlong display, we are inspired to do more diving, and so we suit up once again for a plunge off Baby Dock. We enter the water about 10:50PM, and this time we proceed without incident over and down the reef slope and into the darkness. It feels like the first "real" night dive for Linda and me, since we have now escaped the lights of the restaurant. There are tons of cleaner shrimp evident, many more than during daylight. All the coral polyps are open and extended into the current seining out food, giving these structures a lacy look. We silently hover over large sleeping parrotfish and a honeycomb cowfish motionless on a reef shelf. The big tarpon and snook find us and patrol at our light's perimeter. At the beginning of the shallows, we spy an immense blue colored trumpetfish, who hangs upright in the water when we approach him, trying to look like a vertical gorgonian branch or stick. We're in the water about 45 minutes and dive to 63' - a very cool dive.

Back at the room, we are bushed from all the day's activities. I stay up to write in my journal, and reflect on things. My ears are not too bad tonight since I've been careful clearing them, although I am still suffering from a disturbing hearing loss, a "ringing" of sorts. My toe is much better, anyway.

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
NIGHT SHORE
Body of Water:
Caribbean
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
8 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None