Dive #177 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
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Bottom Time to Date:

153h
19m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
8:30AM

Bottom Time:
41 minutes

Maximum Depth:
86 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
2700 psi

Ending Air:
700 psi

Weather Conditions:
Clear 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
77F

Bottom Water Temperature:
77F

Visibility:
100+ feet
177
TITLE
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March 17,
2004
THE ELBOW
LIGHTHOUSE ATOLL, BELIZE
BOAT DIVE
Linda and Janel
Turneffe Island Resort - Belize
http://www.turnefferesort.com/
Photo
The fisherman at the lodge loved to hear about these schools of permit we saw
Photograph by Rob in Belize 2004 
Dive Journal: The first dive this morning takes us back the Elbow. It is a good first dive because of the chance to see some big critters early in the morning, and because its profile is a little deeper than other dives.

However, there is maybe even less sunlight this morning than our last dive here, and we again spend most of the dive drifting midwater scanning the hazy blue bottom 30-50 feet below us. We also spend a lot of time checking the midwater for critters, sharks, etc., but again we dont see much here. Oh well, thats the way it goes sometimes.

At the southernmost point, we again drift over some huge black groupers at cleaning stations. We do come across an interesting school of parrotfish, with two horseeye jacks swimming sideways right in the middle of them. Weird. On exit, we also see a skittish school of dozens of permit, vectoring by around 70 feet down.

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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