Belated Dive Report - Sept 5th - Star of Scotland BSB & Two-Buck Chuck!

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Posted by Patrick on September 10, 2009 at 10:12:04:

Since there is so much curiosity about the Kate’s dive on the Star of Scotland last week, I though I’d provide some belated information and images.

Conditions-wise, the day was spectacular, hot, and glassy with just a minor swell from the west. The plan was to have a Black Sea Bass encounter on the Star, and then check out some of the other local reefs. Crew that day was Captain Andy, Captain Paul Captain Pat, and Captain Cindy. What’s that old saw about too many cooks spoiling the broth – it doesn’t seem to apply as far as captains (at least on the Kate) are concerned. – well, Captain Paul will occasionally bitch about something or another…

Cindy and I were first down, and it was a BSB encounter from almost the moment we hit the bottom. Despite the chunky, green water, we still had about 15+feet of visibility and it was more than adequate. Throughout the dive we saw perhaps a dozen BSB, several times in groups of two or three. It was special for Captain Cindy as this was her first up close and personal encounter with these wonderful creatures. During the tour, we came across the previously mentioned claw anchor lying free off the starboard side of the bow, and passed the location to Andy who had joined us on the dive.

Captain Cindy had at least one other unique experience on this dive before we surfaced, but that would be her prerogative to present.

When Andy came up he was crowing about the now notorious intact bottle of Two-buck Chuck he had recovered. It was during the examination of the recovered vino that the message “Dive into Oblivion” was discovered. Interestingly, neither Captain Andy or Captain Paul saw a single BSB on their dives – Could there have been additional bottles below that were consumed in situ?

In all honesty, the rest of the dives of the day were a bit anti-climatic, but fun. To quote Walt Disney, “It’s always better, down where it’s wetter.” And the crew of the Moby Kate agrees.

Captain Cindy – Corynactis

Captain Cindy – Corynactis

One of a baker’s dozen of GBS

$2-Chuck - and the message

$2-Chuck - and the rest of the message

Great end to a wonderful, interesting day of diving

Stay wet.

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