I got up at 4:00 am, walked the dog, fed the Betas and made coffee. By 5:30 I was on the road to the beach and descending at the sea rod by 6:27. I took some shots of floating sea weed. In the darkness of early dawn and on the 3 inch screen, they looked stunning. On the big monitor at home they are pretty bad. I deleted them all. Too bad. I thought I really had something.
I worked my way from the sea rod to the reef and then headed South looking for the blocks. Found a couple of Green Sea Turtles foraging in the algae.
I also found a large rectangular rock with a number a Arrow Crab and two or three Banded Coral Shrimp. I got a picture of the shrimp and one of the crabs. When I got home, I noticed that the Banded Coral Shrimp I photographed had only one banded arm.
Then I noticed that the Arrow Crab I photographed was playing with a banded arm. Hard to imagine the spindly arrow crab ripping the shrimps arm off, but I don't know how else to explain it.
I also noticed in that set of photographs that I had gotten pictures of a Peppermint Shrimp. All I saw at the time was the white/silvery "V" in the dark.
I continued South looking for the blocks, but was concerned that I must be lost since I wasn't seeing them or anything familiar. I was on my way to the surface to see where I was when I spotted the blocks about 10 yards to the South.
At 1200 psi, I headed back to the Gray Mid-way Rock and then West to the beach. I stopped at the blocks and ran the clock out to 125 minutes, then swam in the next 7 minutes.
I was cramping pretty badly when I got out after the first dive, so I drank one of the sports drinks. It apparently did some good as I had little trouble with cramps on this second dive. The dive itself was really a repeat of the first dive except I made a few more laps of the Knoll as this dive lasted 10 minutes longer. On the other hand, 142 minutes is a far cry from 160 minutes, which I what I was shooting for. Photographed some little shrimp I did not see all that well. Turned out it was a Peppermint Shrimp and the shot was good. Got a few more shots of the Rock Hind sunning himself, too.
Found this ambitious White speckled Hermit Crab.