05 May 2011

John's Last Day for This Trip

John Hermanson leaves tomorrow, so today is his last day diving this trip. Dianne, John and I decided to go looking for the Ledge of Turtles this morning. The wind was calm and the surf mild. Visibility was good. We entered through the main entry just North of the Tower, swam to the swim buoy line and descended. We then headed East looking for the ledge, but found nothing I recognized. No Staghorn Coral forest. No Shark Rocks. No Ledge of Turtles. We did find some juvenile French Angelfish and a Purplemouth Moray Eel who looked as if he had swallowed something much bigger than he should have.

Dianne decided to sit out the second dive. She had gotten cold on the first dive and wanted to warm up in the truck. John and I went in. We followed the same dive plan, but found the Staghorn Coral Forest on our way back from the Ledge. I had no bearings to go by, but we found the Ledge of Turtles and John spotted a turtle. Of course it was gone by the time he got my attention. We swam South looking for it, but could not find it. We turned back to find the Ledge but almost missed it in the haze. We were too far to the West. But we did locate it checked it out. We headed West to the beach from the Ledge. Along the way we spotted two turtles and I got some poor video of the first and some much better video of the second. It was a good way to end John's visit.

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