Dive #151 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

130h
55m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
8:30PM

Bottom Time:
55 minutes

Maximum Depth:
27 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1200 psi

Weather Conditions:
Night 82F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
83F

Bottom Water Temperature:
83F

Visibility:
60+ feet
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Oct. 12,
2003
THE MAHONEY
EXUMAS - BAHAMAS
NIGHT DIVE
 
Linda and Janel
Dinner
Janel, Linda, and Capt. Mark Bailey enjoying another masterpiece by Jim
Videograph by Rich Torkington in Bahamas 2003 
Dive Journal: We all enjoy an extended surface interval, reading, napping, filling out dive logs, and working on PADI certification studies (Johnny). Following another gourmet feast in the main salon, and trying to avoid the alcohol, we finally begin preparations for our night dive. Unfortunately, Johnny has a cranky stomach already, possibly due to Jims wonderful but rich fare, and so he elects to pass on this dive.

Night diving over the Mahoney is certainly fun, and our senses are heightened as usual in the blackness. There is a big school of bar jacks hovering under the two boat hulls. Shortly into the dive, we see two always gorgeous spotted reef lobsters. There are also lots of trunkfish around, and Linda spends some trying to pet them. While Im busy scoping out a big porcupine fish, Linda and Janel spy a good-sized bluish-hued octopus, who quickly moves under cover.

We also manage to light up a reef squid in our dive lights midwater, another welcome sight. We enjoy the usual night dive activities, too, like feeding the coral polyps and playing with the bioluminescence. There seem to be sleeping parrotfish and feeding soldierfish everywhere here!

Nearing the end of the dive, we discover a greyish-yellowish cucumber, one with a starry shaped mouth. We later determine this to be a tiger tail sea cucumber.

Got to love that night diving! One of Janels favorite ways to dive.

The AquaCat returns to the marina at Paradise Island for the evening, and it is most pleasurable to watch the scenery pass by at night from the top deck with a cold beer in hand.
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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 NIGHT
Body of Water:
Caribbean Sea
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
2mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
10 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None