Dive #252 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
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Bottom Time to Date:

220h
42m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
11:30AM

Bottom Time:
71 minutes

Maximum Depth:
52 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1400 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 82F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
80F

Bottom Water Temperature:
80F

Visibility:
60+ feet

Gas:
Air
252
TITLE
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July 20,
2006
AQUARIUM
ST. CROIX, U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
BOAT DIVE
 
Linda, Janel, & Johnny (buddies)
N2 The Blue Dive Shop
St. Croix USVI
www.n2theblue.com
Ray
An uncommonly close encounter with a spotted eagle ray
Videocap by Rich Torkington in the USVIs 2006 

Lobster
A mondo lobster - see the regular-sized one behind him for reference?
Videocap by Rich Torkington in the USVIs 2006 
Dive Journal: Were doing yet another shallow reef dive as is the pattern for our second dives, and we really enjoy them.

Immediately off the mooring ball, we encounter a beautiful spotted eagle ray. He is soaring slowly over the reef next to us as we descend with video running. As he gets closer to us, he finally senses our presence and flinches once, then picks up his pace. But not so fast that we arent dazzled with a wonderful view of him.

The remainder of this dive is spent milling around coral heads, inspecting for critters. I spent most of the time looking for eels and didnt find a single one. Instead, I found a few boxfish and schools of fry and tried to cull some decent video out of it.

Our final dive in St. Croix. The diving here has been great, distinctly Caribbean, and yet with its own unique character. Id recommend N2 The Blue Dive Shop to anyone excellent friendly operations in a very personal fashion. The shore diving from Cane Bay and points both east and west was excellent with a little bit of effort it is there for the taking whenever you want.
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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