Dive #197 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

171h
36m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
8:32PM

Bottom Time:
50 minutes

Maximum Depth:
35 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1300 psi

Weather Conditions:
Clear 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
77F

Bottom Water Temperature:
77F

Visibility:
60+ feet
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July 29,
2004
BLUFF BAY
BEEF ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
NIGHT BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Linda, Andrew, and Nathan
Cuan Law Liveaboard
British Virgin islands
http://www.bvidiving.com/
Photo
We loved the way this octopus rapidly tented over areas to feed
Videograph by Rich Torkington in BVI 2004 
Dive Journal: We take another beautiful afternoon sail to Beef Island and anchor in Bluff Bay for the night. After dinner we suit up for another night dive, and this time I decide to take along my video rig, even though the only light I have is my handheld dive light.

Andrew and I are buddies and we soon come across some crinoids and a sleeping queen triggerfish. I experiment with the video and find it quite difficult to operate the camera while trying to align my narrow dive light beam onto the same spot.

We then discover a small reef octopus. Hes slithering over the tops of coral boulders, first wrapping his arms around the boulder, then tenting his body quickly over the top, feeding on whatever might be there. The octopus repeats this sequence often, and goes through amazing color changes in our dive lights, especially a near fluorescent shade of green. Particularly great because he doesnt seem to mind a couple of divers hovering above him.

We spend a long time studying the octopus and I get quite a bit of video. Andrew and I then vector off and swim for a long ways over the flats, not seeing much but enjoying the swim anyway. We get a little bit lost but eventually find the edge of the reef again, and then finally we run into Linda and Nathan, off exploring on their own.
Photo
This octopus was clearly the highlight of the dive.
Videograph by Rich Torkington in BVI 2004 

Nathan and I continue exploring for a few more minutes. Its another great night dive, our last aboard the Cuan Law (this trip anyway). Back on the boat, I eagerly play back my video it came out better than I might have guessed, especially the octopus.

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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