Parked next to the main entrance, geared up and got in the water. Just wearing the 5 mm sleeveless hooded vest under my lavacore suit. Swam out to my spot and descended to find the rock pile just East of me.
I swam along a 120 degree bearing for quite a while, then spotted a Golden Variation Trunkfish and chased after it.
Didn't get any good close up shots, but you can tell what it is.
I went back and tried to pick up my bearing, but I was in new terrain. So I headed East to the Eastern Ledge and then worked my way back hoping to find Shark's Rock or the Nipple Rock or something I recognized. This Intermediate French Angelfish watched with some interest.
I found a nudibranch and got a lot of pictures. I have only spotted one other down here. I used to see them more often just below the Commercial Pier.
The area really noted for Nudibranch is the Blue Heron Bridge, but I don't often get up there.
I left the Nudibranch and was just swimming around when I found the Ledge of Turtles. I came upon it from the NE and it took me a while to recognize where I was. Of course, by this time I was down to 1400 psi. I got some shots of various fish, including this Butter Hamlet,
this Atlantic Spadefish
This Scrawled Filefish
This Yellowtail Damselfish
this more unusual Golden Variation of the Yellowtail Damselfish.
and a small school of Porkfish traveling across the Ledge.
I stuck to my 300 degree bearing and swam right to the rock pile, then doubled back to look for landmarks and got lost. So I swam to the beach.
As I was crossing the trench and about to climb the embankment to get out, the left housing handle came off with the strobe. I looked and saw the nut still on the housing, but I got knocked over by a wave and the nut came out. So I was holding the flag, my fins the camera inside the housing and the left handle and strobe in my right hand while I tugged my mask on with my left and looked for the nut, but I did not find it. I haven't had the damn thing in the water a week yet and already the Ikelite housing is falling apart.