We got the worst report from the divers coming out, “it is horrible out there, 1ft viz”. Damn, what do you do? Well, that’s not even a question, after packing everything and driving 1.5 hours to the site. And I really thought it would little better than the morning reports, which were around 5-7 ft.
We got in, and yes, there was a lot of sediment in the water. But we still had great dive, it wasn’t as bad as we expected based on the earlier reports and it even got slightly better towards the end of the dive. My theory was that the viz was messed up earlier because of two cruise ships left the bay around the time the others divers were getting in, and then another one left as we were getting ready.
This dive my focus was on the floaties. Those are larval creatures floating around in front of your light. Tiniest and cutest creatures, as well as creepy crawlies. Most of the dive I just shined the light to the water column to catch glimpse of what is floating. It is sort of DIY black water dive :D. Saw bunch of little crabs and lobsters, bunch of very active, almost impossible to photograph larval mantis shrimp, bunch of larval fish, including (possibly) a searobin!
We didn’t find a seahorse this time but the tropicals and squid were still around. And many many pipefish. I still want to see a pregnant one!
Buddies: Dan H., Amy N., Jason F.
18ft, 115min, 66F, 3-8ft viz