Dive Report; Wreck, reef and sand

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on February 18, 2006 at 19:14:25:

Date: February 18, 2006
Dive Location: Fog Wreck, Marineland twice and KOU (Condos)
Buddy(ies): Jeff Shaw and Marc Bacon
Time: 9:56, 12:35, 1:46, 3:03
Bottom Time: :24, :37, :29, :30
Max Depth: 103', 58', 67', 49'
Vis: 40'+ at the Fog Wreck, 20' elsewhere
Wave height: Waves? Ha!
Temp at depth: 54F
Comments: We headed out toward the Fog wreck this morning, hoping to get in at least one dive before the high winds and rain arrived. It turned out to be a sunny, beautiful day. We even had a pod of Risso's dolphin greet us at the wreck. Anyone who stayed home because of the weather report missed some of the best dive conditions we've had in awhile. The visibility at the Fog wreck was amazing. We saw a single squid making a ten foot safety stop on the anchor chain as we dropped down. The bottom was littered with dead squid. The Blacksmiths were having a feast, as were the large sandbass, crabs and maybe the only Wolfeel we found. Ross said later that he tried to feed it, but it wasn't hungry. We cut the dive short to stay out of deco and had an amazing ascent. There were mating squid everywhere in mid-water. from 70 feet up to 20 feet there were schools of squid going by.

We motored over to Marineland to try once again to find the hidden platform. I made search sweeps on two dives. I found a piece of the deck, one of the large fishing nets and a dozen Mantis shrimp, but no platform. Jeff's wife Sue said a pod of Common dolphin were all over us at the surface while we were diving.
We then headed over to the Condos near the Trump golf course, where Marc caught his lobster dinner for tonight. A great day to be on the water. Flat seas, sunny skies and good friends.

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