Dive #57 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

43h
46m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
2:10PM

Bottom Time:
50 minutes

Maximum Depth:
76 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
400 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 88F

Surface Conditions:
1' swells

Surface Water Temperature:
85F

Bottom Water Temperature:
82F

Visibility:
100 feet
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July 21,
2000
SOUTH OF LONG CAYE
GLOVER'S REEF ATOLL - BELIZE
BOAT DIVE
 
Janel, Andreas and Mar, Sinead, Rosa and Carl (buddies)
Glover's Atoll Resort - Belize
http://www.glovers.com.bz/
Photo
Fresh grouper fillets, recado, and Night Train Express
Photo by Carol Torkington in Belize 2000  
Dive Journal: Linda is a bit tired this afternooon and elects to snorkel instead of dive. Janel and I jump in the boat with the usual gang. Breeze takes us to the wall off Long Caye and decides to follow us in the boat as a drift dive. The conditions are great, sunny and calm waters.

A special moment for Dad, as Janel and I dove in this paradise holding hands. As we toured the wall around 50', we turned and spotted our 1st MANTA RAY!! He was swimming about 35' just over the top of the reef wall, soaring on 7' wings. While we watched with jaws agape, he performed a big sweeping turn up and around us into slightly shallower waters. We watched until his image faded into the distant waters. STUNNING! We are still grinning about this encounter.

Also, more lobsters, indigo hamlets, big groupers. The usual.

When we told Linda about the manta, she didn't believe us until she confirmed it with Carl, Rosa, Andreas, and Mar!

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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
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