Dive #92 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

80h
6m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
11:10AM

Bottom Time:
47 minutes

Maximum Depth:
83 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
800 psi

Weather Conditions:
80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
76F

Bottom Water Temperature:
76F

Visibility:
100+ feet
92
TITLE
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March 13,
2002
SHARK POINT
SALT CAY, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BRITISH WEST INDIES
BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Ollie (divemaster), Linda (buddy), group from Michigan
Photo
A HUGE hogfish at Shark Point
Videograph by Rich Torkington in TCI 2002 
Dive Journal: Were of course a bit apprehensive about diving a site called Shark Point, located just a bit north of Salt Cay Divers. We learn, however, that the site is so named because fisherman used to catch sharks around here, and not because divers typically encounter them here. In fact, this dive site is actually known for turtle sightings.

Were of course a bit apprehensive about diving a site called Shark Point, located just a bit north of Salt Cay Divers. We learn, however, that the site is so named because fisherman used to catch sharks around here, and not because divers typically encounter them here. In fact, this dive site is actually known for turtle sightings.

It is again a beautiful wall here, with fabulous coral, sponge, and plant growth everywhere. Down over the wall, a relatively bold queen triggerfish shows her colors for us, and there are lots of flamingo tongues. Another school of chub fly through midwater at one point, followed a bit later by two scrawled filefish.

On the flats, I find a very pretty whitespotted filefish (orange phase). A HUMONGOUS hogfish finally appears, swims just beneath me, and seems hardly affected by my presence. In retrospect, that was interesting, because our neighbor Pat later sold us some excellent hogfish that we enjoyed for dinner later the same evening!

Ive again resorted to wearing my gloves on the dives here. Im not sure they help keep me warmer, but there is a psychological effect anyway. I also tried wearing one of the new Salt Cay Divers neoprene beanie caps, which cover the head but not the ears like a regular hood would. Similarly, I am not sure I can feel the difference, but there is a psychological effect of warmth, and so therefore, by definition, it helps.

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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 Sea
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