Dive #192 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

167h
12m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
9:28AM

Bottom Time:
47 minutes

Maximum Depth:
63 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1500 psi

Weather Conditions:
Clear 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
79F

Bottom Water Temperature:
79F

Visibility:
60+ feet
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July 28,
2004
TIMES SQUARE
GUANA ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Linda
Cuan Law Liveaboard
British Virgin islands
http://www.bvidiving.com/
Photo
I have not found identifying information on this cool-looking lavender jellyfish.
Videograph by Rich Torkington in BVI 2004 
Dive Journal: We take the dinghy around the northern edge of Guana this morning, technically on the Atlantic Ocean side, to a site called Time Square. The visibility is a bit murky, certainly worse than any of our previous dives here.

The dive topology, however, is very interesting lots of near vertical rock walls and V-shaped canyons. We enjoy a huge lobster and a number of juvenile and adult spotted drums, and a few white spotted filefish.

We come across a jellyfish Ive never seen, a softball-sized lavender-colored ball with streaming tentacles. Abie gives us the dont touch sign, but we study it for quite a while. It seems like quite a poor swimmer, this one tumbling constantly in the mild surge.

We lose Abie at one point, and we learn later that she spied and swam after a jewfish. Meanwhile we spot a turtle that also makes a hasty exit. We eventually swim into a big V-shaped grotto that ends in a shallow cave. The surge picks up here and its a neat tour. We eventually swim around a little further east and then north, away from the island, for our exit.

Nearing the surface, we see hundreds of moon jellies pulsing around in the top 10 feet of water. Each of us slowly ascends through them, with some divers petting them along the way. On the surface we find it downpouring. Ajay is having some delay in vectoring the boat over to us, so we float on the surface for an enchanting five minutes or so. A great feeling, just relaxing in the downpour with friends out on the ocean surface, surrounded by jellyfish.

Ajay is a laugh when he shows up, clad in a black garbage bag. Bad day to be on bubble patrol.

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
Oceanic Vo 200
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
BOAT, Cuan Law
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:
Sony DCR-TRV11 digital handycam in Top Dawg housing