The day started, “Am I still sick, I do not feel 100%, definitely not diving, I shouldn’t”, but still I ended up putting my lights to charge before going to work. Whole bunch of going back and forth, checking the weather forecast for the following days, poking the buddies, figuring out who is going, etc, and finally I found myself driving down to Fort Wetherill in the late afternoon. I had to dive today because for the next ten days there wouldn’t be any diving.
Finally we entered the water and, oh my, it was one of the best conditions we saw this year. The viz was easily 20ft near the shore. Later on, as we progressed to the silty areas it reduced a bit, maybe down to 10-15ft, but it was still amazing.
Near the ramp and near the surface there were lots of jellies floating around. This time the star was the many-ribbed jellyfish. The bioluminescence was still strong. This week I read somewhere that these creatures are both bioluminescent and fluorescent. Apparently they emit blue light when their bioluminescence is activated by motion and that blue light activates the fluorescence to emit green light, because of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) it carries. Pretty cool stuff, it would be cool to test the presence of GFP with my blue light. Maybe next time…
Last few dives seahorse sighting has become more or less regular event. Even though I cannot say they are everywhere we do see one or two. Toady, again, the Atlantic silversides were jumping off the water, the tropicals were still around, I saw two boxfish, one cornetfish and a filefish. There were crabs everywhere, lots and lots of baby crabs running away as soon as first rays of my light would hit them. The sand bottom was covered in hermit crabs. Maybe around one hour into the dive, as I was thinking the squids must have left us I saw a bunch showing themselves to me. Good, they were still around.
The most important moment of the dive was when Dan signaled me to show a tiny octopus. That was unbelievable! For now we do not know the species, and I have been told that the life stage it is at it is really hard to ID. So we do not know the species nor if it is local or tropical. We can only hope that we will see them more. However great dive you might be having seeing an octopus makes it even better 🙂
It was cold, we did get lost a bit, as usual in Fort Wetherill, we saw a lot. And overall it was a hell of a dive. I am so glad that I did decide to drive down, even though I wasn’t feeling 100%. At the end of the dive I sure was feeling 200% 😀
Buddies: Dan H., Jason F., Amy N.
24 ft, 105min, 54F, 10-20ft viz