Marineland July 31st

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on July 31, 2005 at 17:09:51:

Date:July 31
Dive Location: Fog Wreck and Buchanan's Reef
Time: 8:55 and 11:24
Bottom Time: 42 and 22 minutes
Max Depth: 105' and 60'
Vis: 20 and 15'
Wave height: Large swells, maybe 4-5'
Temp at depth: 54F and 52F
Gas mix: Air (21%)
Comments: I finally got the opportunity to dive with Elaine Jobin. I've been marvelled by her dive reports and images for years and was thrilled that she came along. She joined Jeff Shaw and I for two dives today while poor Ross-O had to serve as surface support until his foot heals. Thanks so much, Ross. Our first dive was at the Fog wreck. We fought our way through the ripping current to reach the anchor line, then descended into the deep. I promised Elaine and Jeff they would get to see their first Wolfeel. Much to my pleasant surprise we found two in the same hole. I reached back for my camera and was bummed to find that I must have left it on the boat. Elaine got some images of the wolfies as well as the metridiums, huge sandbass and lingcods. When we reached our safety stop I saw my camera in the corner of my eye. It was stuck under my harness. D-oh!
We then motored our way toward Marineland where we enjoyed near perfect conditions yesterday. Today it was foggy, windy and the swells were crashing into the stern of the boat at four second intervals. Jeff got pretty quesy and decided to sit this one out. Elaine ripped her neckseal and as I was beginning to feel sick, I suggested we call it a day. Then Jeff came up with a great idea. Elaine could wear his wetsuit. Jeff is 6'2". Elaine is not. :D
As soon as she backrolled into the water she was reminded why she prefers to dive dry. We dropped down to Buchanan's Reef where we found the usual assortment of nudis as well as a Blue Ringtop snail. We were kept company by a fair sized male Sheephead.

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