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Published: February 8th 2013
My first Monk Seal!
…And I don't care if the photo is not good. It is a reminder that I saw them ; ]
Three dive day: I saw a monk seal for first time, I had whales singing each dive and finished up with hundreds of spinner dolphins at E. Beach.
Oahu Dive 14 Two holes
Dive with HHD and Sophie a local DM that could free dive down with a 5mm and no weights pretty impressive. She claimed her fins were pretty good…;] We heard something moaning the entire dive. I thought it was a monk seal but my buddies said that it was a whale in pain. The sight itself is rich in bright red pipe fish. Hector counted 28 of them I only saw a handful. They hide in holes and are very hard to get to. We spend sometime looking in the rubble for shells. Still to the day I can’t find my own sunrise shell. I will be pretty happy if I can find at least 2 the same size for earings.
Log 520 88ft 42 min 60mm dive
Oahu Dive 15 Maili Place.
Maili Place is a big wide hole like if a pancake. It is next to a small cavern. There was a big old turtle in it and Hector
let me go in first so I could take a shot. The site is deep enough and the air goes fast. I played in the rubble and picked up some cowry shells but since I didn’t find anything to photograph, I decided to go back to the small cavern and try to get a better shot of the turtle. Ther turtle was surfacing for some air so I stayed at the top of the cavern looking at the crabs hiding in the staghorn coral. Then Hector pointed behind me and I turned around and there it was a good size monk seal diving down like a torpedo. My first sighting of one of them. They are endemic to the region and not so common. I was so exited. It was fast and went from us and then it swam around us to joined its partner and then left quickly. The lesson I learn today: never take a boring dive for granted it can turn around really quickly!
Log 521 75ft 44min 60mm dive
Oahu Dive 16 Electric beach
I picked up a smootie and a power bar for lunch and headed out for Electric beach.
There were little rolls on the beach so I took my time getting in. I saw hundreds of spinner dolphins jumping around the bubbly area. Initially I had my doubts because they looked small compared to the Bahamian dolphins I am used to see. A local guy told me that he was swimming in the middle of the pod just the other day. The dive site is off the road and people were stopping the traffic to get out of the car and watch the spectacle. It was truly amazing. Then I geared up and went in with the help of someone at the beach. This is the first time I checked out the pipes and around. Fish love to hang out at the end of the pipes and I saw awesome fish I have nevers seen before. I saw fish with horns, fish with crazy eyes and bright tales. Pretty cool. I was in the nudi and froggie mode but I couldn’t find any. Oh well…someother time.
Log 522 30 ft aprox and probably about 2 hr dive. 60mm lens. The B.U.D computer doesn’t keep a log and it refreshed when I surfaced to look for the exit.
Tot: 0.03s; Tpl: 0.014s; cc: 12; qc: 29; dbt: 0.0056s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb