Dive #244 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

212h
43m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
11:30AM

Bottom Time:
52 minutes

Maximum Depth:
51 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1000 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 84F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
80F

Bottom Water Temperature:
80F

Visibility:
60+ feet

Gas:
Air
244
TITLE
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July 14,
2006
LITTLE MILL POINT
ST. CROIX, U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
BOAT DIVE
 
Linda, Janel & John (buddies)
N2 The Blue Dive Shop
St. Croix USVI
www.n2theblue.com
Tubes
Amazing how these tube sponges can grow off the criss-crossed cables here.
Videocap by Rich Torkington in the USVIs 2006 

Dive Journal: The second dive today is again a shallower reef dive, following a slope downward just west from the mooring ball. There is plenty of macro-photography opportunity here and I enjoy this kind of dive.

The site is interesting due to its hundreds of criss-crossed cables laid in a grid across the reef floor, formally used by the Navy for submarine tracking. It is amazing to see huge purple tube sponges sprouting from many of these cables.

I get a bunch of decent video, including a young trunkfish. I then find what I think is a juvenile jackknife fish. Later I verify this the juvenile jackknife fish has a black band down between its eyes, while the juvenile spotted drum has a black spot.
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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Aluminum
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
Boat
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:
Sony DCR-TRV227 digital handycam in Top Dawg housing