Dive #75 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

62h
42m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
10:00AM

Bottom Time:
86 minutes

Maximum Depth:
70 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3200 psi

Ending Air:
400 psi

Weather Conditions:
Nice 88F

Surface Conditions:
Small swells

Surface Water Temperature:
84F

Bottom Water Temperature:
84F

Visibility:
100 feet
75
TITLE
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July 11,
2001
HIROSHI POINT - BUOY #15
KOSRAE - FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Katrina and Ben (divemasters), Don (NY), Paul and Katy (MO), and Linda (buddies)
Kosrae Village Resort
http://www.kosraevillage.com/
Photo
The humble but beautiful honeycomb grouper
Videograph by Rich Torkington in Kosrae 2001 
Dive Journal: We start out in the rain this morning and motor north. We enter the water as it continues to rain, but fortunately the sun arrives mid-dive to improve the visibility.

This is a BEAUTIFUL dive site! What is so appealing is the tremendous heads of coral interspersed with patches of white sand. The sand seems to add more relief to the features and provides little coves to explore. Katrina later indicates that in the past Hiroshi Point has been rated as one of Rodales Top 101 dive sites in the world.

We see another white tip reef shark patrolling the reef they dont seem to take much interest in us divers. We also catch site of several new flavors of bannerfish, including a few very nice pair of singular bannerfish, who Id guess are related somehow to angelfish. There is a gorgeous lined sweetlips, several red-breasted wrasses, and a yellowtail wrasse. There is a great juvenile lionfish hiding out inverted underneath a coral ledge, who is not too happy to see us.

We see a few fabulously painted honeycomb groupers and peacock groupers, typically sitting on a coral shelf getting cleaned by the wrasses. There is a school of bluefin trevally, a smalltooth jobfish, and an orange-striped triggerfish. There is also a school of bignose unicornfish and another school of rainbow runners. Near the dive end, I enjoy examining a juvenile tang (probably a brushtail tang) dodging in and out of the coral spikes.

SUMMARY OF SOME FISHES OBSERVED ON THIS DIVE:

This list was created by looking over the video footage and identifying each species. Mostly, just the new or notable species are listed.

  • Brushtail tang juvenile
  • Smalltooth jobfish
  • Lined sweetlips
  • Singular bannerfish
  • Honeycomb grouper
  • Bignose unicornfish (lots)
  • Mimic surgeonfish
  • Pink anemonefish
  • Foursaddle grouper
  • Johnston damsel
  • Singular bennerfish
  • Yellowtail wrasse
  • Raccoon butterflyfish
  • Teardrop butterflyfish
  • Bronze reef chromis
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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:
Pacific Ocean
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm full wetsuit
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
12 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
Sony DCR-TRV11 digital handycam in Top Dawg housing