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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


Houghton Bay

February 6, 2024

A Waitangi Day dive with my son Nate and my first dive in Houghton Bay. It's a nice site in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve with a large beach.

Houghton Bay

I had heard there were one or more octopus at this site so we were on the lookout for one the whole time but didn't get lucky. There was lots of other wildlife though.

Striped Anemone

There were heaps of crayfish and I was even able to get a picture from behind one. A rare perspective as they're typically tucked under a rock or ledge facing outwards.

Crayfish

This (what I think is a) yellow wrasse kept swimming around us for the short while we were in its territory.

Yellow Wrasse

Nate was having a good time.

Nate

We even found the moulted husk of a crayfish. It's odd to see a perfectly intact but empty shell of a crayfish.

Moulted Crayfish

Towards the end of the dive, we found a large nest of crayfish.

Crayfish Nest

We eventually made our way back to the beach and finished up the dive.

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Tory Channel Drift Dive

January 22, 2024

The last dive of our trip to the Marlborough Sounds was a drift dive in the Tory Channel. We were dropped in the channel and drifted along the coast of Arapaoa Island. The current wasn't particularly strong so the drift was pretty cruisy. We would encounter the occasional eddy that we had to kick to get through it and continue along in the main current.

I found a good-sized wandering anemone.

Wandering Anemone

I found the pipe-like structures amongst the seaweed and kelp really interesting.

Pipes

About 10 minutes into the dive I found this beautiful seahorse. It didn't take too much effort to plant ourselves and spend some time with it. The incredible noise at the start of the video is the sound of the Interislander ferry passing through the channel.

Seahorse

I found a very nice Jason Mirabilis Nudibranch too.

Jason Mirabilis Nudibranch

We also found an unfortunate amount of junk in the channel (and the other sites too). We picked up as much as we could and brought it back to the boat. This time I found a hat and a speargun!


Junk

At the end of the dive, I got one last pic of ...

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The Vara Wreck

January 22, 2024

The first dive of the day was on the Vara wreck. Purposefully sunk in 15 m of water, it was visible on the dive ship's sonar.

The Vara

It's a nice and easy wreck to explore.

 

The Vara

Away from the wreck, I caught these two starfish in a fight for a place to sit. The slightly janky recording is due to a spotty nibbling on the fingers of my camera hand almost the entire time I was recording! I tried to flick it away with a finger but it insistently kept coming back for more.

Starfish Fight

At the end of the dive, it was time to navigate back. I picked what I thought was the reverse heading on my compass and surfaced in the amount of time I thought it would take to get us back to the boat. I nailed the distance but had got the direction backwards. No problem, the boat just had to make a short trip to come pick us up. Next time I'll know to choose my reverse heading while still on the boat.

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Everett Toews
TBT: 216h 37m