Giant Aquarium - Dive 2
|July 25, 2009
Instead of the usual deep dive then shallow dive routine our divemaster, Tony, decided to do a deep dive then a not quite as deep dive. It turned out to be an excellent choice as our next dive on the New Barge was great. There was a lot of wildlife activity going on around the New Barge as the current brought us straight to the site as we descended.
The first thing I did was a swim through of the entire length of the New Barge. I hadn't done it before and thought now was as good a time as any. The barge has been completely stripped down so the interior is pretty much empty except for support beams and some chain on the floor.
After the swim through I moved away from the barge towards some cement blocks that form an artificial reef nearby. As soon as I got there I found myself surrounded by a school of Butterflyfish. Again I had that feeling of being in a giant aquarium as they swam around me.
As if that wasn't enough, Tony got my attention and pointed out a pair of Spotted Eagle Rays. I was starting to get near my decompression limit so I had to ascend a bit while I followed them. I kept a close eye on my dive computer while taking the video just to be sure I didn't come close to going over.
After all of that I headed back to the mooring line to start back to the surface. Our other divemaster, Zach, was hanging around the line and motioning me to descend a bit to have a look under the hull of the barge. Unfortunately I was out of bottom time and needed to start up the line right away so I signaled that I was beginning my ascent.
When we were all back on board Zach told me that he had spotted a Frogfish (an uncommon siting in Hawaii) under the hull. That would have been the cherry on top of an already excellent dive. Ah well...next time.
|Location: Honolulu, Oahu, HI, USA
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