As Heraclitus said, you cannot dive the same site twice. You change and the site changes.
After 3 weeks we came back to Fort Wetherill for another night dive to have a similarly spectacular dive but what we found was very different. There was no more the big school of fish blocking our view through out the dive, getting into our mouth, no crawling creepy piles of spider crabs. It was a very calm dive. But nevertheless it was an awesome dive, once again.
The visibility was so unexpectedly amazing, maybe 15-20 ft, hard to tell in the night. The squid was a little hesitant to show themselves at the beginning but they could not help but dance for our lights eventually. There were much more blue crabs around, many of them were carrying eggs, maybe we will be lucky enough next time to see them release their eggs. This time the fish of the night was scup, they were everywhere; and also puffer fish. I don’t think i have ever seen so many northern puffers in one dive. They were also a lot of juvenile black sea bass sleeping on the ground.
For the tropicals I saw a few butterfly fish, a goat fish (i think) and a scrawled filefish. The mission of the dive was to find a seahorse but a few pipe fish had to suffice as representatives of their family.
The water was so calm even though the wind was hitting from south. Once again an awesome dive in Fort Wetherill. How come this site is not everybody’s favorite site??
Max depth: 24 ft
Bottom Time: 110 min
Visibility: 10-20 ft
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