The temperature actually increased all night from 18:00 Wednesday through 17:00 Thursday. We topped out at 72º yesterday. The wind picked up a bit making conditions bouncy.
The DMA reported three pukers. Their first dive yesterday was at Victory Reef (one of my favorite sites). The top of the reef is a huge sand lot that starts in 45′ of water with a slope of very healthy coral that bottoms at about 95′. There was a thermocline at about 35′ that made sitting on the sand in 45′ of water a chilling event. [A thermocline is a line of distinct change in water temperature . As it was today, it is frequently visible and looks like a layer of distortion like alcohol mixing with water.] They did their second dive at a patch reef named Hamm. The water is significantly shallower there and there was no thermocline.
The Scuba Adventure crews had two awesome dives yesterday. The first was at the Landing Strip. It was named this because the bottom looks like a series of cut stones that have been put together to form a long, straight (UFO) landing strip. Some of Megan’s crew reported finding the body and head of a decapitated cat. Their second dive was at Long Key Ledge. This site is located south of Long Key.
More Coral Reef Sailing crews returned to the base today for their mid-week break. Today was a GREAT day for small boat sailing.
Capt. Rich had a challenging day yesterday. And I was part of the problem. I sincerely regret making his day tougher than it already was. I apologized in person and I know he knows I had no intention of adding to his stress. But the bottom line is I did and I and sincerely sorry.
I will go out with the DMA this morning. They are scheduled for two dives and to be on base in time for lunch. It may be a little bumpy again today but the temperature will be even better than yesterday.
Aboard S/V Escape