22 August 2014

Solo Dive on the Clipper Jacks

Got to the beach about 8:30 am.  Read for a bit and finished my coffee, then geared up and got in the water. Swam out to the Jacks on the surface, but had some trouble fighting the surface current.  Spotted a single Jack and then one more as I worked my way East.  Spotted the Jacks to the SE, and pulled myself over to them, then continued going East.  Visibility was not good.  Tried to stay close to subjects and get good shots, but it was difficult in the current and the low visibility.

 Got a few shots of this Atlantic Spadefish as it swam along the top of the Jacks headed East.
This Blue Tang hung out in pretty much the same spot the whole time I was watching.
Same with this Bluestriped Grunt.
 This Gray Snapper traveled East along the Jacks, but would also head South over sand and then return.

This Spotted Goatfish moved East along the Jacks, generally, but actively searched for food along the bottom.

Finally figured out that these fish are Yellow Goatfish.  Can't see it in this picture (or the picture of the spotted Goatfish above), but the fish have barbells under their lower jaw.  

Poor visibility, but good give:  152 minutes long.  At an average depth of 16 ft my actual consumption rate was 21 psi/min; SAC was 14.05 psi/min and the RMV was 0.36 ft3/min.

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