Dive #180 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

156h
5m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
8:30AM

Bottom Time:
50 minutes

Maximum Depth:
83 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
500 psi

Weather Conditions:
Clear 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
78F

Bottom Water Temperature:
78F

Visibility:
100+ feet
180
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March 18,
2004
BILLY BOB
LIGHTHOUSE ATOLL, BELIZE
BOAT DIVE
Linda and Janel
Turneffe Island Resort - Belize
http://www.turnefferesort.com/
Photo
This dolphin was photographed playing off the bow
of the boat, but our underwater encounter with them was
the highlight of this entire dive trip.
Photograph by Rob in Belize 2004 
Dive Journal: This morning Bo and Ricky take us out to a site just a little west of the Elbow called Billy Bob. We start the dive as usual, heading down to 80 to explore the deeper reef. Were down there about 10 minutes when we hear Ricky gunning the Cool Dive around on the surface. Hes doing curly-qs above us, and we see a pod of about 8 dolphins off the bow. We stop our exploration and gaze upward, enjoying the beautiful silhouetted view of the dolphins on the surface.

Bo swims out a bit into midwater about 50. He rolls onto his back and hovers there. Pretty soon, to my amazement, five or six of the dolphins swim straight down at him from the surface, then arc away when they reach his depth! We all swim out into the blue, and I see two other dolphins approach and then swim closely parallel to another diver. Im thinking, Wow, what a great view that guy is getting, and then I identify the fins as Lindas! She must be freaking out!

We continue to vector out into midwater, and soon we can barely make out any features of the reef were just floating in cobalt blue. To our delight, the dolphins stay with us and continue their antics. You can kinda tell they want to play, swim around with us and such, but theyre at least 50,000 times better swimmers than we are. As Im watching them, three dolphins come really close by, and so I start swimming as hard as I can on a parallel course only 2 or 3 feet away. They seem to respond by staying with me as long as I fin, and this keeps up for a good minute or so. I get a great view of their faces and markings. Then, with one flick of their tails, theyre out of sight ahead of me.

We also notice that there is a very young one among them. Linda and Janel both get very close passes multiple times by the dolphins.

The dolphins finally move on, and thats ok because weve spent almost all our air playing with them. Back on the boat, Linda proclaims this the best dive shes ever experienced.

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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