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Total Bottom Time is my online personal dive log. A place where I can share my dives with friends, family, other divers, and the world. You can find out a bit more about me and see my full log of dives by clicking on my profile on the right. Feel free to subscribe to my dives via email or RSS.

Below are just some of my latest dives.

Latest Dives

Drift Dive

December 22, 2016

The final dive of the cruise was another easy drift dive in Cozumel. A great dive with plenty of wildlife to see along the drift.

The highlight of the dive was this Juvenile Spotted Drum Fish. 

The way it uses it's fins for propulsion gives it the appearance of dancing through the water. 

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Shark Drive By

December 22, 2016

The next day on our cruise saw us in Cozumel. Diving in Cozumel is always enjoyable and relaxing as you spend most of the time drifting along with the current. Not much effort is needed besides the occasional kick to keep you with the group.

Our first dive was pretty easy. I happened to catch our dive master pointing out a puffer fish to the group.



The real highlight of this dive was a drive by of what appeared to me to be a nurse shark.

I confess I had just a moment of hesitation when it turned directly towards me at the 18 second mark of the video. I've never personally experienced a shark to be aggressive so I assumed it was just turning towards me out of curiosity. I was right and was rewarded with a great close up. You can even make out the shark's pupil.

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USS Kittiwake

December 21, 2016

The second dive of the morning was on the USS Kittiwake (pronounced "kitty wake"). The Kittiwake was a five deck submarine rescue vessel. Decommissioned in the late seventies, the Kittiwake made its way to the Grand Cayman in January of 2011, to be intentionally sunk. It's most famously known for being the vessel that found the blackbox of the space shuttle Challenger after it exploded over the Atlantic ocean.

USS Kittiwake

Here's a quick view of the full length of the port side of the ship.

I can understand why it's such a popular site and ranks so highly with divers. It's a veritable playground. There are so many great places to take pictures with great views of the various structures used in its rescue operations.

I was having such a good time I had to get a couple of shots with myself at the site.

Finally we did a full swim through of the entire length of the ship. As with any purpose sunk wreck, the Kittiwake had been stripped of anything toxic and many extra port holes had been cut to make for easy access in or out of the hull.

That capped off a great ...

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Everett Toews
TBT: 88h 27m