We met a bit earlier for a night dive to get in a pre-twilight dive on the left cove. Second dive would be on the right cove, which we are all more familiar with and much easier to navigate in the night.
It was predicted to be a calm day, about 1 ft waves (which is supposed to be calm). But we disregard the fact that the wind was into the cove. Soon we learned that whatever the predicted wave intensity and direction is, if the wind is into the cove that means it will be an active ocean on the shore.
The water was quite active during the dive, lots of particulates in the water, but still lots of creatures to enjoy. Most of the dive I was trying to figure out lighting configuration to reduce the backscatter, which is the big enemy in low viz conditions in Fort Wetherill.
When I was done with the dive, long after losing my buddies, I ascended to a very active surface. I wanted to continue swimming on the surface to the shore, while watching the creatures who do not prefer to deep dive. Soon after I saw a tiny seahorse hanging tight on a loose seaweed, dancing with the waves. I spent probably 10 minutes with the little fella, swimming all around in all directions, me also dancing with the waves, trying to get a half decent photo of the magical creature. After a while I gave up, decided to let him/her be.
We had unexpectedly bad conditions but still good dives with lots of creatures.
Buddies: Andrea D., Feng Z.
#446: 30ft, 53min, 63F; #447: 27ft, 88min, 61F.