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The Stars Come Out

Rick and I started out just before sunset. Though we'd dived our checkout dive here a while back now, we took a different and uncertain route this time. The first quarter of the dive was mostly sandy flatlands, though we still saw a few critters.

Eventually we traced our way around to the plane, though it was harder to find than I'd expected.

Highlights:

  • Hermit crab on hermit crab battle action. I couldn't tell whether they were fighting over some food (an urchin shell) or whether they were fighting each other, maybe for a host shell. One had some kind of large inside-out anemone strapped to its back.
  • Seeing my first electric stingray. Paul had been talking about these earlier in the week, and told me how you identify them via the vertical fins on its tail. Apparently the shock is quite powerful, so I gave it quite a birth.
  • Several small-to-medium octopuses. Not particularly playful. Some impressive camouflage displays.
  • A gorgeous tiny tiny baby octopus that Rick spotted right when we were exiting.
  • A sole/bream/whatever flat fish hiding out on the sand.
  • A couple of lobsters.
  • A large crab, perched on a boulder.
  • A family of box fish.
  • Tonnes of feather stars.
  • Rick showed me a conch, including its foot and toe, following a conversation from a few days ago.
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Babieca Dive Center
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Dive Profile
Conditions
Entry Shore
Time In 19:41
Surface Light Swell
Depth
10.4 m (max)
82 minutes
Current Light
Surge Light
29 °C (water)
Equipment
Tank
200 bar on entry
65 bar on completion
Regular Air
12 litres Aluminium
Weights
4.5 kg
Ok
Exposure Protection
Basic
Ok
Buddies
Buddy
Miami, Florida
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