Archive for April 2006

Dive #34: Split Bommie, GBR

Place:Split Bommie Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):12.5 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):45
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: See previous.

Notes: The last dive of a fantastic trip. See Dive #33 for photos. After some advice from the captain, the group decided to revisit the Split Bommie rather than endure a seasick-ridden journey to another site further out to sea. A storm followed us home.

Accumulated time under water: 19 hrs 19 mins

Dive #33: Split Bommie, GBR

Place:Split Bommie Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):16.7 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):55
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: See previous.

Notes: Some lovely photos of underwater flora.

Accumulated time under water: 18 hrs 34 mins

Dive #32: Beer Garden, GBR

Place:Beer Garden Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):15.7 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):44
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: See previous.

Notes: Another lovely night dive. We woke a sleeping turtle.

Accumulated time under water: 17 hrs 39 mins

Dive #31: Two and two thirds, GBR

Place:Two and Two Thirds Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):12.1 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):51
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: See previous.

Notes: Nothing fractional about this dive site. I saw the gills of a Christmas-Tree worm retract at my approach and had my first face off with a territorial Damselfish.

Accumulated time under water: 16 hrs 55 mins

Dive #30: Steve’s Bommie, GBR

Place:Steve's Bommie Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):21.8 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):39
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: See previous.

Notes: The name of this dive site is on a plaque at the bottom of the bommie. I don’t know who Steve was. The word bommie, is short for bombora, “a shallow isolated piece of reef located a distance offshore“. Hell of a lot of fish.

Accumulated time under water: 16 hrs 4 mins

Dive #29: Gorgonian Wall, GBR

Place:Gorgonian Wall Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):26.1 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):44
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: As before.

Notes: A gorgonian is an “order of sessile colonial cnidarian“. Only a few photos from this dive, and none of these.

Accumulated time under water: 15 hrs 25 mins

Dive #28: Clam Garden, GBR

Place:Clam Garden Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):16.7 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):38
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: Same.

Notes: A garden of giant clams. At night.

Accumulated time under water: 14 hrs 41 mins

Dive #27: Ribbon Reef 9, GBR

Place:Ribbon Reef 9 Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):19.4 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):34
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: Unchanged.

Notes: We went along a wall in this dive. So that must be referred to as a ribbon reef; the 9th, by someone’s count. We were plagued by some current so the photos are relatively few, though there’s a nice one looking away from the reef of a shark in the distance. Then there was a welcome tow back to the boat.

Accumulated time under water: 14 hrs 3 mins

Dive #26: Pixie Wall

Place:Pixie Wall Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):19.6 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):51
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: No change.

Notes: Photos on Dive #25 entry.

Accumulated time under water: 13 hrs 29 mins

Dive #25: Pixie Reef, GBR

Place:Pixie Reef Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):29.0 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):45
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: No change from previous dives on this trip.

Notes:

Accumulated time under water: 12 hrs 38 mins