Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 ~
Since today was such an amazing, sunshiny, summer day, we decided to go diving. Imagine that – Shocking, I know.
Getting gear together…
Once we finally made it down to the park, there were only a couple of available spaces, to park. This is pretty usual, but since they were having a festival at another nearby park, there were cars absolutely everywhere. We did manage to find a spot, and although not the closest spot, we were parked. We then eyed someone about to leave, a few spots closer, and Steve got the van, while I stood guard. No one was going to run me over… right? :)
We brought our gear down to the entry point, geared up, and got our butts into the water. The water felt absolutely wonderful. It had warmed up so much, in the last two weeks!
Our plan was to go downstream, towards the Three Sister Islands, and have a look around. We were going to spend an hour at 100′, and make our way back, doing our deco, on the trigger.
That is exactly what we did. :) We scootered down to just shy of 100′, where I saw a white sturgeon baby. I have never seen a white one before, and this is the second young sturgeon that we have seen recently (providing the other one was the same one, that we kept seeing, in the same spot). This one was quite a bit more shy than the regular one (Atlantic sturgeon, I’m guessing) that we see.
We drifted along the periwinkle shells, where we saw bits of wreckage – nothing significant, but neat to see, anyway. There was a path of coal, lining the way, and the visibility was actually better than it has been, over the last month. It wasn’t fantastic, but we were happy with it. We kept drifting, and I saw another baby sturgeon! This one was white, with a dark splotch on him. This is entirely good news, to see that they are around. We usually go quite a long time, without seeing these fish.
There were spots where the current was moving at a good pace, and then it seemed to get really slow. This is unusual, between the islands, as the currents are usually a little rock ‘n’ roll, in between them. We figured that we were in between the second and third islands, from the current’s behaviour. We kept along, and we happened upon a piling, in the middle of the channel.
We then started our “journey,” back in. When we got up to 20′, we switched to our 02, and hit the trigger, again. We seemed to have timed it absolutely perfectly, and had completed our deco, before even getting back to the entry point. *High Five,* team!
It was a really fun dive, and there were things to look at, at every single point of the dive. w00t w00t!
Bottom Time: 2 hours, 30 mins.
Max. Depth: 114′
Water Temp.: 72F (YEAHHHH!!!)
Of course, it had been a year since we had been to the Fudgery, so…. the rest is self-explanatory. :D