04 April 2015

Luis and then Leo join me off Catamaran Beach

Luis parked behind me shortly after I got my tank off. I was cold and needed a long surface interval to dry off
 and warm up. Once I had, we geared up and got in the water.

We descended just past the swim buoy off Tower 4, but then headed out NNE. Spotted a lot of fish on a 3 foot ledge, so we headed there and followed the ledge around.

I got this shot of an Intermediate French Angelfish

and this shot of a Social Feather Duster.

Then we headed out due East. The topography was nothing like I expected. It was flat and grassy. There was one spot that looked like a ledge, but it was filled in with sand above and opened to a large sandy area. I found a large Gaudy Natica.

We turned the dive at 1500 psi, but Luis was cold and in a hurry to get out of the water. I was hoping to drag the return trip out so that I would get 2 hours, but I surfaced with 400 psi still in my tank. I could have made 6 minutes on that.

Bottom temperature was 75 degrees; dive time was 114 minutes; consumption was 21.75 psi/minute at an average depth of 18 feet and my SAC was 14.08 psi/minute on an aluminum 80.

Leo was at the beach and waiting for us when we got out from our dive, but I needed some time to warm up. Took an hour. Luis could have taken longer. We geared up and got back in. I explained to Leo that the topography was more interesting to the North so we tended in that direction.
While it is difficult to recognize specific reef or rock formations, we did get into areas that were much more interesting that what Luis and I just dived.

I spotted this Atlantic Guitarfish and took this photo.

Also got this shot of a Sand Diver swimming,

 and this shot of a Spotted Scorpionfish waiting.

I was hoping we might find the anchor, but we didn't. Still it was an interesting dive and we saw a lot of life, though nothing stands out.

Bottom temperature was 76 degrees; dive time was 113 minutes; consumption was 22.90 psi/minute at an average depth of 17 feet and my SAC rate was 15.12 psi/minute on an aluminum 80.

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