Dive #240 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

209h
15m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
11:30AM

Bottom Time:
71 minutes

Maximum Depth:
52 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1000 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
78F

Bottom Water Temperature:
78F

Visibility:
60+ feet

Gas:
Air
240
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July 11,
2006
SPRAT HOLE
ST. CROIX, U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
BOAT DIVE
 
Linda, Janel & John (buddies)
N2 The Blue Dive Shop
St. Croix USVI
www.n2theblue.com
Rocky
Happy hour at the Full Moon Bar following our dive - SWEET!
Photograph by Full Moon Bar bartender in the USVIs 2006 
Dive Journal: Our second dive today takes us to Sprat Hole, also north of the Fredericksted pier. This is a shallow water reef dive that is just teeming with fish, particularly blue chromis and creole wrasses.

There are several splendid turtles on this dive, and one of them continued to forage along with us during most of the dive. Of course, it would have been a terrific video opportunity, but I was out of tape sigh.

A white spotted moray entertained us for a while, and I eventually discovered some ultra tiny sergeant majors hanging out beneath a big abandoned Navy mooring buoy.

I experience a first on this dive. Down on the reef, I am for the first time successful in getting a Pederson cleaner shrimp to jump onto my hand at a cleaning station cool! Just a bit later, I am also successful in getting a little blue-lined goby to jump onto my fist, and then onto my forearm. All right! Nice reef!

Following the dives, we hit the nearby Turtle Cafe just south of the pier in Fredericksted and enjoy delicious deli sandwiches.

Tonight, we end up going to the Full Moon Beach Bar at Cane Bay. It is located just across the street from Cane Bay and just next to the Cane Bay Dive Shop. Pretty crowded tonight, so we have to wait a while for a table, but the food is decent and the atmosphere just right.
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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Aluminum
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
Shore
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