Got to the beach and had two separate individuals approach me to talk about diving. One fellow cannot dive for medical reasons, but wanted to know a bit about it. The other would like to dive but is afraid of sharks. I spoke with each at length and gave them a business card. Maybe something will come of it.
I geared up and got in the water about 9:20. I swam over to the reef and found the Rock Pile. I descended and headed out at 120 degrees, but ended up North and East of my mark. I did not recognize anything specifically, but knew I was off and went SSW to the Ledge.
Lots of fighting among the French Grunts, but I had a hard time shooting it.
They spooked when I headed for them and it seemed like I was always on the wrong end of the Ledge for the best shot.
As I hovered over the coral, I noticed a single tentacle reaching out from underneath and searching for something. I got a couple of shots, but I do not recognize the tentacle and never got a look at the animal.
I also got a shot of this Giant Anemone and you can see the animals mouth puckered up.
I like this shot of a Spanish Grunt,
this Scrawled Filefish, and
When I first got to the Ledge, I thought I might get to 2 hours, but I was cold and burned more gas at the end of the dive than at the beginning. I surfaced at 113 minutes. Still, its better than yesterday.