Dive #41 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
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Bottom Time to Date:

31h
13m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
1:30PM

Bottom Time:
55 minutes

Maximum Depth:
73 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
2400 psi

Ending Air:
300 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 80°F

Surface Conditions:
1' swells

Surface Water Temperature:
80°F

Bottom Water Temperature:
77°F

Visibility:
100+ feet
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Oct. 6,
1998
KAIWI POINT
KONA - BIG ISLAND, HAWAII
BOAT DIVE
 
Lisa (divemaster) and Tom Shockley (captain)
Dive Makai Charters
http://www.divemakai.com/
Rich
Where are the fish?
Photo by Rich Torkington in Hawaii 1998 
Dive Journal: Our second dive takes us slightly north of the marina to Kaiwi Point. This is a beautiful little Hawaiian cove with great visibility. Once again, Lisa takes us on an outstanding tour of fish species. The more common fish include moorish idols, achilles tang, orange band surgeonfish, racoon butterflyfish, lemon butterflyfish, long nosed butterflyfish, and more whitemouth morays. By far my favorites are the pyramid butterflyfish - very nice!

Lisa also seeks out a "crown of thorns" starfish, not unlike the chocolate-chip starfish we saw in the Sea of Cortez. At one point, she points out a pair of plate-sized butterflyfish at around 70 feet which I never identified (maybe lined or saddleback?). She also points out a lone flame angelfish at depth, evidently a rare sighting. These used to be common but have been hunted out of diving depths for the aquarium market.

Near the end of the dive we see a juvenile short dragonfish, a school of jacks, and a peacock flounder.

Following the dives, I return to the Royal Kona Resort in mid-afternoon to find Dad worried sick about me. Since I have returned about an hour later than I had estimated, Dad has incorrectly concluded that I have surely had a monumental diving accident. He has even notified the Kona police in a futile attempt to locate me.

The following day Dad and I went sportfishing. As a disclaimer, I must admit that since I've been diving, I am less and less inclined to go fishing. But this is something that my Dad enjoys greatly and so I accompany him along. However, what a zero trip, aboard A. J. Friend’s Hula Girl! Not even a nibble or sighting all day!

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
72 ft3 steel
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
BOAT Dive Makai
Body of Water:
Pacific Ocean
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
4 lb + 4 lb from steel tank
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None