It just took one night of frost to cool down the ocean?
This Monday we hit Fort Wetherill again, with relatively good reports from Sunday divers and with more time and tides to clear things up some more. And it was indeed amazing conditions, the visibility was as good as it gets.
The darkness comes quite early now, we hit the water little after 6pm. The weather was chilly and as we thought the water will be relatively warm, soon we realized that we were horribly mistaken. I know I was cold throughout the dive, which only lasted little longer than 1.5 hours. I didn’t have enough heat nor air left to enjoy the shallows at the end of the dive, this time.
The dive was very enjoyable. This time we progressed on the left wall, once in a while hitting the sandy areas, and back. At around 1 hour mark we started swimming across the cove. In Fort Wetherill at any given time I generally have no clue where I am, and if I do it has a good chance to be wrong. So I think at the end of the dive we reached the right cove, though I am suspicious because it was after a quite short swim. I think during the cove-cross we hit a little reef on the way.
Both Andrea and I saw quite a few seahorses, and we saw different ones. We saw a quite decent sized butterflyfish, much more photo-cooperative compared to tiny one we saw earlier. All dive I only saw 2 squids, and I think among five people who dove tonight that was the only sighting. I hope this doesn’t mean that they are going away.This dive I have also noticed many more asian shore crabs around. They are really getting quite abundant.
Oh, I almost forgot. I also found a big mantis shrimp hole, similar size to the ones we used to see in Blue Heron Bridge! Unlike those, the hole was curved so could not see the inhabitant. Hoping one day to see an adult mantis shrimp around here.
It was a pretty good dive, though we all suffered cold temperature under the water and above. Still looking forward to next dive here. But I am not looking forward to winter dives. Brrr…
Buddy: Andrea D
26ft, 105min, 55F, 10-15ft viz.