Moki Mania

February 11, 2023

Second dive with my son Nate. Mermaid's Kitchen was calm on the surface but underwater was a very active surge. It was most likely caused by the incoming Cyclone Gabrielle. You can see the effects of the surge in the videos below.


Of course the surge couldn't deter the Blue Cod.

Blue Cod

But the highlight of the dive was the Blue Moki throughout the site. Maybe it had something to do with the surge but they were oddly comfortable with us getting close.

Blue Moki

In one of the swim-throughs there were more Moki than I've ever seen in one place in Mermaid's Kitchen. We were able to swim right along with them in the surge.

Moki Mania

Mermaid's Kitchen East

Location: Wellington, Taputeranga Marine Reserve, New Zealand


Dive Number:   225
Bottom Time: 50m
Time In: 2:29 p.m.
Tank In: 220 PSI
Max Depth: 12.90 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 3:19 p.m.
Tank Out: 77 PSI
Average Depth: 7.90 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 197h 22m