Dive #111 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
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Bottom Time to Date:

97h
26m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
3:30PM

Bottom Time:
61 minutes

Maximum Depth:
20 feet

Safety Stop:
not needed

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1400 psi

Weather Conditions:
85F overcast

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
86F

Bottom Water Temperature:
82F

Visibility:
20 feet
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June 30,
2002
ROCKY II
ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS, USA
BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Linda, Janel, and Johnny (buddies)
Photo
Spotted goatfish, showing the inactive pinkish color phase
Videograph by Rich Torkington in Florida Keys 2002 
Dive Journal: Following the dive at Rocky Top, we move only a few hundred yards to the second site at Rocky II. Yo Adrian - its me Rocky Balboa.

With the very shallow dives today, there is practically no necessity for a surface interval. As soon as we can gear up again, its time to go. Today, Ive chosen to wear my 3mm wetsuit, erring to stay warm. The water temp here, however, is really quite nice 82 or 83F below the surface, and a nice layer several feet thick of 86F on the surface, so the wetsuit is pretty questionable.

Rocky II is quite similar to Rocky Top, with the visibility about the same today. There are lots of small ledges and overhangs where nurse sharks like to hang out. Most of these nurse sharks dont seem to care for divers much, and they fin away within a minute or so of our inspection.

There are some nice schools of French grunts and yellow goatfish. We especially enjoy the brilliantly colored porkfish who roam among the grunts. The grunts have a curious habit of facing the porkfish and opening their jaws wide for him. Could be a territory defense posture, could maybe be a cleaning pose were not sure.

Without divemasters and with less than ideal visibility, Im finding it a routine challenge to loosely steer the dive and then return us to the boat. Both reefs today are flat irregular patches with few other distinguishing features, so a bit of compass work is required. Good navigation exercise.

As before, the video settings are set on manual white control, and most of the video ends up severely bleached out. It is difficult to crop any decent photographs, but a few are included here.

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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:
10 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
Sony DCR-TRV11 digital handycam in Top Dawg housing