When I went to Underseas Sports to fill tanks yesterday, I picked up some new Lithium Ion batteries for the strobe. Charged the batteries last night and set them up to use them this morning. When I turned the switch on, the ready light came on within seconds. The auto-focus got switched off, but my pre-dive check shot picked up that problem and I fixed it before I got in the water.
The water seemed colder and the surf was definitely more difficult to swim through this morning, but I made it out. Dropped right on the Rock Pile and headed off at 120 degrees, but 20 minutes later I was obviously off course. I didn't know which way I was off, but I started swimming SW a bit and ran into the Ledge. Spent most of the dive on the Ledge taking pictures. I was a little disappointed not to find any squid,
but I did get some good shots of a Squirrelfish,
a Juvenile Porkfish,
A Yellowtail Damselfish (Golden Variation),
a Yellowtail Snapper,
and a Sand Diver, though usually I try to get a shot head on.
My computer tells me that the water temperature was 75.2 degrees, same as its been all week, but it seemed colder to me. I was shivering when I got out and had no desire to make a second dive, though the poor visibility had a lot to do with that decision.