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  • 18 # Date: 2012-07-29 - 12:08
  • # Max Depth: 24.7m Duration: 37mins
Diver's Notes

Second dive of the day on the Brass Spike. Saw a second Angel shark. Simply amazing creatures. I spent most of the time searching for spikes but still noting. I will eventually find one I just know it. I found a very large lobster and was close to catching it but if would not come out of the hole it was in far enough to grab bare handed. I really should consider gloves, but I like having my hand free. We were using larger tanks then we typically do so with out extended bottom times I actually hit decompression on this dive. I was only a minute or two over no-deco so a slightly extended safety stop did the trick. This dive has really made me want to extend my bottom time. When it is no longer the air that s my limit, but the no-deco time it is time for Nitrox. On this dive I could have done 32% and not hit the MOD. We could have had another 10 minutes or so of bottom time before needed to surface because of low air. We will get there. Everything is so exciting we want to try it all, but there is no rush. We will have a long and exciting dive career with opportunities to do whatever our hearts desire. I am still so glad we discovered scuba and the fun the underwater world holds.

Dive Profile
Dive Location

  • Temp: Surf 31°C Bottom 11°C
  • Dive type : Recreational, Wreck, Photo
  • Visibility: Average Water: Salt
Specific gear used
  • BCD: Scubapro - Knighthawk
  • Regulator: Scubapro - Mk25/A700
  • Mask: Scubapro - Scout
  • Wet suit: Oneill - J-type 7mm
  • Fins: Scubapro - Seawing Nova
  • Computer: Subgear - XP10
  • Boots: Aqualung - Polarzip 6.5mm
  • Light: Tovatec - Narrow Beam 220 Lumen
  • Weights: 9.1 kg

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Dive Profile

  • 1. Air
  • 12L Steel     207 → 69 bar
  • Average depth: 15.9m
  • SAC: 1.44 bar/min
  • RMV: 17.28 L/min
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Species Identified

Balistes capriscus Gmelin, 1789 (gray triggerfish)
Squatina oculata Bonaparte, 1840 (Smoothback angel shark) Found on sand and mud bottom of continental shelves and upper slopes . Mostly between 50 and 100 m but deeper in the tropics . Feeds on small fishes . Ovoviviparous . Utilized fresh and dried salted for human consumption; liver oil and hide also used .
Chaetodipterus faber (Broussonet, 1782) (Atlantic spadefish) Abundant in shallow coastal waters, from mangroves and sandy beaches to wrecks and harbors. Juveniles are common in estuaries and often found in very shallow water swimming at an angle resembling dead leaves or as infert...
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Bothus podas (Delaroche, 1809) (Flounder) Found in shallow waters, over sandy and muddy bottoms of the continental plateau . Feeds on benthic small fishes and invertebrates. Reproduction occurs between May and August. Small individuals adapt well in aquariums but require sufficient bottom areas .
Batrachoides waltersi Collette & Russo, 1981 (Toadfish)
Tautoga onitis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Black-fish) Found close to shore on hard-bottom habitats, occasionally entering brackish water. Adult male territorial and active during the day to feed and rests in crevices at night. Prefers temperatures above 10°C. Spawning was ...
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Bothus ocellatus (Agassiz, 1831) (Flounder) Inhabits sandy areas with coral rubble or seagrasses, usually near patch reefs . Shallow coastal waters to depths of 110 m . Lies motionless on the bottom, moving only when frightened . Larvae are attracted to lights at...
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Opsanus tau (Linnaeus, 1766) (oyster toadfish) Largely inhabits inshore water on rocky bottoms and reefs, jetties and wrecks. Frequently occurs among litter and tolerates polluted water. Becoming important as an experimental fish because of its size and hardiness. Has been reared in captivity .
Homarus americanus H. Milne Edwards, 1837 (American lobster)
Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758 (common starfish) This predatory species takes a range of marine prey including other echinoderms , worms and molluscs as well as carrion . It often prizes bivalve shells apart, using the suckers on the tube-feet. Once a small gap has been ...
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