|4-2-17 Dive Report By Tom Penn|
Posted by J. Reeb on April 03, 2017 at 19:25:44:|
Topside was sunny, warm and calm. The anchor did not cooperate, however, and it snagged on the wreck. Just as we were about to commit to dive #2 on the same site, the other dive boat cruised by and offered to dive for the anchor. Who was that masked man? I wanted to thank him (we did).
Once freed we got clearance and headed to the shipping lane to dive the African Queen, a smaller wreck which is harder get access to because of the location, and known as a lair for wolf eels. We dropped down the anchor line, anticipating decent vis, and we were met with “arms-length” visibility, depending on the length of your arms. It was jarring to get on the wreck and not be able to orient at all. After a few minutes getting used to the situation, we adopted the old saying “when life gives you bad vis, look at stuff that’s close to you”. Soon after hitting the wreck I found a round pipe-like opening, and sure enough there was a small wolf eel inside (a first for me). The wreck is covered with invertebrate life, including large metridium and huge strawberry anenomes. I also say several nudis, including a very large Spanish shawl and a small one near a Hermissenda crassicornis. We picked our way slowly fore and aft maybe 10 yards each, then headed back up the line. It seemed like a short dive but we were near our limits. On the way up we saw….nothing. Despite the terrible vis we all enjoyed the dive. Jim did a great job with the boat and food and support.
A great day with a great group of divers!
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