The day started with diving at Old Garden Beach. It has been a long time since I dove there, I wanted to dive that site because of the beautiful topography (yes, big boulders!).
As part of the Mass Diving group I did a single long dive with my steel 100’s friends. I like the idea of doing single long dive this year because changing the tanks is the thing I hate the most.
We had almost 2 hours of dive, towards 60 degree bearing. The visibility was really good but there were not many fish around. Overall I saw whole bunch of cunners, mostly grouped in one area and a single rock gunnel. But still it was a pretty dive.
The crazy person, Bert, wanted to do a night dive at Fort Wetherill. I cannot complain because finally I made him a fan of Fort Wetherill. The only problem was that he only wanted to dive in the night 🙂
After a short break at home we headed to Fort Wetherill for a night dive. There we had more than 2 hours of dive. Again the marine life was different. This time, when we entered the water a wall of baby comb jellies greeted us. The viz was around 1 foot when we entered the water, but luckily it improved to ~10 ft. There was a lot of residue/silt in the water column making it hard to get good photos and videos.
Again there was so much life. A lot of baby and adult scup (they look quite edible), sleeping black sea bass, puffers, searobin. I saw two butterfly fish and a goat fish among the tropical guests. Again there were plenty blue crabs and spider crabs. Apparently the new fashion in spider crabs is to stick a huge fleece seaweed on their shells, i saw a few like that, it looks hilarious.
Old Garden Beach FW
Max depth: 38 ft 15ft
Bottom time: 115 min 122 min
Viz: ~20 ft ~5-10 ft