Dive #56 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

42h
56m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
9:20AM

Bottom Time:
44 minutes

Maximum Depth:
84 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
400 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 90F

Surface Conditions:
1' swells

Surface Water Temperature:
85F

Bottom Water Temperature:
82F

Visibility:
100 feet
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July 21,
2000
MADDY'S CRACK
GLOVER'S REEF ATOLL - BELIZE
BOAT DIVE
 
Linda and Janel, Rosa and Carl (buddies)
Glover's Atoll Resort - Belize
http://www.glovers.com.bz/
Photo
Leaving the dock for another dive!
Photo by Carol Torkington in Belize 2000  
Dive Journal: We've asked Breeze to take us back to this site and today is the day. This dive was our favorite from 1997 (our fourth PADI OW certification dive) - see Dive No. 4.

We again enjoy the "raining" schools of creole wrasses that seem to flow past from all directions. The five of us slowly toured the beautiful wall searching for the cut and swam quite a ways before encountering it.

About 20 minutes into the dive, we all spy a large sea turtle only about 8 feet beneath us. He is resting sideways on a roundish boulder and looks up slowly to see us, as if groaning and saying, "Oh man! Divers!" The five us are nearly motionless as we hover over him and get the best view of a sea turtle I've ever gotten. It is a magical moment, and I love the way that everyone is completely respectful of the turtle. After enduring our presence for at least 4 or 5 minutes, he finds a path around us and swims off slowly.

We again spot two large lobsters while touring - they are a real sight. We finally find the crack and do our vertical swim, twisting 360, up through the cut. There are no silversides there today, but the sensation is still neat. On the flats above, there is a hoard of schoolmasters around 40'. Really good dive!

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