All day the wind was hitting hard but my new favorite website windy.com said it should be ok in Fort Wetherill, it is well protected from 2 ft waves hitting from east. But still the viz may be anything from 1 inch to 20 ft, for FW you never know.
So as I was driving, 15 min left to destination, I saw Andrea’s message, hesitantly I opened to read it and it said “The sea is flat calm and water looks clear :D”, that put a huge smile on my face and I hit the gas pedal little harder.
It was a great dive with good visibility. The joy started right at the entrance, as Andrea was getting ready to get in, setting her flag and strobes I was keeping an eye on the cornet fish so that she can get a look at it. While she was entertaining with cornetfish I saw kingfish on the side, and after that tiny little trunk fish, it is such a cutie little thing! After half an hour we still haven’t started the dive, yet, just flashing away at 4ft water.
The rest of the dive was not anything less, we both saw a few seahorses. As I was taking photos of one and signaling my buddy I would see her flashing her strobe away in short distance, I would know that she had another one under her lights (I did swim to her to make sure she did 😀 ). We saw horsies fo all different color variations, little pinkish, one with yellow hue, another with brown color. Even tho I saw plenty of seahorses so far I still can’t believe that they are actual real creatures. They feel like they fell to earth from a fairy tale.
On the way back Andrea pointed out a clearnose skate, which was much smaller compared to the one we saw in an earlier dive, but that’s ok, it will grow :). Once we were back on the shore I played around at the entrance/exit until I couldn’t breathe out of my reg anymore :o. But I finally figured out where all asian shore crabs were hiding and I also got a glimpse of an invasive europian shrimp, which wasn’t covered in squid tentacles 😀
Eastern waves and slack high tide allowed us a pretty good, long dive. Two divers, photographers came out happy from the dive, and a little scared of the cold wind outside. Quickly changed and had recap of the dive and we were both on our way home with heating on full…
Buddy: Andrea D.
20ft, 2+hours, 68?F, 10-15ft viz