Dive #231 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

200h
1m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
9:00PM

Bottom Time:
49 minutes

Maximum Depth:
43 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3100 psi

Ending Air:
1800 psi

Weather Conditions:
Night 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
80F

Bottom Water Temperature:
80F

Visibility:
60+ feet

Gas:
Nitrox 33%O2
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TITLE
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July 4,
2006
MANCIONEEL ROCK
COOPER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
NIGHT BOAT DIVE
 
Linda (buddy)
Cuan Law Liveaboard
British Virgin islands
http://www.bvidiving.com/
Rocky
Janel free falling from the dinghy
Videocap by Rich Torkington in the BVIs 2006 
Dive Journal: The Cuan Law has sailed south across Sir Francis Drake Channel and is now anchored off Cooper Island. Our night dive tonight is at Machioneel Rock, a big rock island located between Cooper and Salt Islands.

We got two full dinghies going out tonight what a diving party. When all the divers hit the water, the dive lights seem to be everywhere. There is a pleasantly healthy surge near the surface and in all the shallower areas of this dive.

Early on Linda and I spot a reef squid in our lights, but it swims rapidly away from us. We come across a big Caribbean reef lobster, and then a large sleeping turtle. Were careful not to shine our lights to awaken him.

Later we find a slipper lobster - they always amaze me with their ancient armored shape. And then we find a very cool-looking grey and yellow banded cucumber with a starry-fingered snout I really like him. Finally we spot a stunning orange ball corallimorph what a treat.

I also come across a buried lizardfish, showing only its snout, the tip of its dorsal, and the tip of its tail. I didnt know they did that.

Got to love those night dives...
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Dive
Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Aluminum
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
Boat Cuan Law
Body of Water:
Caribbean
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
8 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None