Dive #19 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

13h
21m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
9:05AM

Bottom Time:
56 minutes

Maximum Depth:
81 feet

Safety Stop:
Long time in shallows

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1200 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 85F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
80F

Bottom Water Temperature:
78F

Visibility:
60 feet
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July 6,
1998
Ol' BLUE
BONAIRE, N.A.
BOAT DIVE
 
Linda, Mercedes, and Myron (buddies)
Captain Don's Habitat
http://www.habitatbonaire.com/
Rich
Linda and Captain Don beckon the Johnsons for a photo together.
Photograph by Rich Torkington in Bonaire 1998 
Dive Journal: Up early again for a morning boat dive. Myron, Mercedes, and Linda head over to RumRunners for breakfast, but I am too beat to get up. I am seriously exhausted, and the day hasn't even started yet! Still playing catch-up, I guess. I manage to grab a couple donuts in the cabin, thanks again to the Drays.

We gather our gear and board the Ocean Freedom at 8:45AM. This morning's destination is a site called Ol' Blue, again off the main island. I've elected to dive with 7 lbs of lead this time, trying to find an optimum. It is a beautiful dive site with a nice steep slope, and we proceed to the bottom of it at around 81 feet depth. We catch sight of a barred hamlet and several barracuda. We see no fewer than four stunning nudibranches called Flamingo Tongues, which are small and brilliantly colored shell-less mollusks that feed on soft corals. Very unusual. Near the end of the dive, we spend a lot of time in the shallows around 20 feet down, and I find my emptying tank uncomfortably buoyant. Better go back to 8 lb.

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