Dive #216 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

186h
10m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
12:00PM

Bottom Time:
56 minutes

Maximum Depth:
33 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1000 psi

Weather Conditions:
Clear 85F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
79F

Bottom Water Temperature:
78F

Visibility:
40+ feet
216
TITLE
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July 24,
2005
EL CARDONAL
EAST CAPES, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO
BOAT DIVE
Linda, Janel, Johnny, Ash (DM)
Vista Sea Sport
Buena Vista, BCS
http://vistaseasport.com
Photo
These giant hawkfish caught my eye immediately.
Videograph by Rich Torkington in Mexico 2005 
Dive Journal: Johnny and Janel initially elect to stay on the boat for the second dive, due to the somewhat chilly waters, but Mark prods them into exploring this dive. Good move.

The visibility here is even better, probably 50 to 60 feet, and the waters are a bit warmer. There are colorful corals that are full of fish and critters, and many large schools of fish sail through our pathway during this dive.

I spy 2 more giant hawkfish, one big one about 2-1/2 feet long. There are many sergeant major nests around full of purple eggs, guarded by a blue-phased parent. I also spot a very cool looking puffer, longer and thinner than a guineafowl puffer, but I never identify what it is.

We find a gorgeous jewel moral eel, and also a pretty patterned red fish that resides down in grooves of the coral (later identified as a coral hawkfish). Zillions of tiny fry are in the water everywhere near the reef structures. Linda finds two big stone scorpionfish facing each other on a rock, sort of a weird sight.

It is an excellent dive. As icing on the cake, we encounter a pod of migrating short-finned pilot whales on our boat ride back south from El Cardonal. They are pretty shy of the boat, and move away whenever we get close. Fast swimmers, too pretty soon we cant keep up with them, even at full throttle.

Happy birthday to Johnny, his 15th!!

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Dive
Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
Oceanic Vo 200
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Breathing Gas:
Air
Body of Water:
Sea of Cortez
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm full wetsuit layered with 2mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
8 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None

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