Dive #32 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

24h
9m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
6:00PM

Bottom Time:
44 minutes

Maximum Depth:
57 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3100 psi

Ending Air:
1000 psi

Weather Conditions:
Twilight 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
80F

Bottom Water Temperature:
78F

Visibility:
60 feet
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July 11,
1998
NORTH BELNAM
BONAIRE, N.A.
SHORE DIVE
 
Linda, Mercedes, and Myron (buddies)
Rich
Linda, Myron, and Mercedes celebrating another day of great diving.
Photograph by Rich Torkington in Bonaire 1998 
Dive Journal: We return to Prisca's (found it first try) for another round of coconut and pina colada ice cream. Again delicious. We then take the back road (eastern side) south into Kralendijk, and emerge on the other side of town near the airport to a dive site called North Belnam. It's dusk, around 6:00PM, and Myron points out that twilight dives can be interesting, a chance to watch the night creatures take the place of day creatures.

The waning light seems to make the dive especially calm and tranquil. We see several pairs of fairy basslets, and a rather dusky looking critter called a black margate. Another goldentail moray is discovered. Midway down the reef slope, Myron detects an odd shaped shell and motions us around to investigate. It is a lobster, but a very unusual shape. We learn later that it is called a Spanish lobster, a member of the slipper lobster family. He has strange armor plates covering a beetle-like shape, and he thrusts away backwards when we bother him too much.

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
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