09 April 2015

Diving the Little Coral Knoll

Since the tunnel was the only access to the beach, I decided to park near the park entry and walk along Sunrise Blvd to get to the beach. It beat trying to go up and down the tunnel stairs at the end of my dive.

I had a little trouble getting out through the surf because the bottom was very uneven. Peaks and valleys. But I got out and swam to the swim buoy off Tower 15, but I missed the Big Rock and searched for several minutes before finding it. Found a Lionfish on the Rock and got this shot.

Visibility over the sand was only about 3 ft, maybe less. From the Big Rock, everything went as it should except the current pushed me to the North and I had to adjust my bearing by 5-10 degrees to hold 120 degrees. Got to the knoll, but went slowly and it took time to get there. Just hung out and took pictures, for the most part.

Got this shot of a Juvenile Lane Snapper,

 This shot of a Hogfish,
and this shot of some Mat Zoanthid.

Surfaced at 1600 psi instead of 1500 psi because I couldn't read my computer very well.

Bottom temperature was 76 degrees; dive time was 57 minutes; consumption was 24.51 psi/minute at an average depth of 16 feet and my SAC rate was 16.51 psi/minute on an aluminum 80.

I thought I spent my surface interval above the knoll, but when I descended I found that I had drifted to the North with the current. As I came down, I spotted a small Green Sea Turtle in one of several holes in the reef. I set up my camera and got some pictures of the turtle. We even swam together for a little bit.

Then I spotted a landmark and headed West to the knoll. I stayed at the knoll until I got down to 900 psi, then I headed to the Porthole Rocks, where I spotted a Purplemouth Moray Eel swimming in the open.

Got a couple of pictures then headed West to the beach near Tower 14, where I had entered the water.

Bottom temperature was 76 degrees; dive time was 53 minutes; consumption was 25.64 psi/minute at an average depth of 16 feet and my SAC rate was 17.27 psi/minute on an aluminum 80.

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