Dive #176 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

152h
38m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
1:30PM

Bottom Time:
58 minutes

Maximum Depth:
65 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3100 psi

Ending Air:
700 psi

Weather Conditions:
Clear 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
77F

Bottom Water Temperature:
77F

Visibility:
100+ feet
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Mar. 16,
2004
SILVER CAVE LONG CAY
LIGHTHOUSE ATOLL, BELIZE
BOAT DIVE
Linda and John
Turneffe Island Resort - Belize
http://www.turnefferesort.com/
JanelDad
The chub, snappers, and sergeant majors really like the bean salad
Photograph by Ron in Belize 2004 
Dive Journal: Lizette and crew fix us a tasty lunch of chicken and tuna salad sandwiches back on Half Moon Caye. We then hike through the paths that head west through the palm and mangrove forest. Half Moon Caye is a sanctuary for the red footed booby (no kidding), and were headed to an observation deck built in the middle of their nesting grounds.

As we approach the tower, I can smell the strong aroma of bird droppings, and it becomes easy to spot the bird nests perched on branches above by first locating the patch of droppings on the ground. The view from deck, some 25 feet up or so, gives us a vantage above the treetops, and were soon looking at hundreds of booby nests, which are also sprinkled with frigate bird nests. The boobies are pretty birds, white with a bluish bill and red feet. Some of the male frigate birds are especially handsome with a brilliant crimson pouch inflated in front.

Janel and Linda head back, while John and I head on a pretty hike further west to the far beach. Its a pretty walk although I manage to stub my left big toe mightily in the process.

Our third dive of the day takes us to Long Caye and the site is called Silver Cave. We start off with a really cool swim through a wormhole-like cave that emerges out onto the wall. We spy ocean triggerfish and lots of trunkfish and cowfish here. Bo finds a big scorpionfish perched on a coral boulder.

About 30 minutes into the dive, I find a small coney in a pocket and spend quite a while studying him. Eventually I see an outbreak of activity under the boat and its apparent that someone has chummed the water. Thick swarms of chub, yellowtail snappers, and sergeant majors are swimming madly about. I learn later it was leftover bean salad from lunch.

Soon, a couple of us are up at the boat stern ready to climb aboard, but other divers are throwing bread from the boat, and the fish are going wild all around us. Everyone is laughing the fish are practically jumping over our heads trying to win a snack.
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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, Miss Belle
Body of Water:
Caribbean Sea
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm full wetsuit
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
8 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None