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Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:40 pm
Went back and found the correct links for the pictures. Here are a few of them
Went pack and got the right links:
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:54 pm
Went out to the Gill and Hyde today with Aquatic Safaris. A full boat on the AS I. We did not know what to expect this early. Seas were 2-3 instead of the predicted calm but no swells so easy diving. Rain held off. And we hit the jackpot for April. Water was similar at both locations. It was blue but hazy with 20 ft of viz on the top but improving as you went down the anchor line and clearest on the bottom. The Gill was a very nice 40 ft plus of viz on the wreck. The Hyde about 30. Water was 70s all the way to the bottom with 71 on the sand on the Gill and 70 on the sand on the Hyde. Hyde had more particulate.
Lots of fish life on both. Saw adult Queen angles on both. Big schools of amberjacks on both. The Gill had lots of large groupers hanging around. Hyde had some smaller ones. Some immature tropicals on the Gill. One butterfly fish.
As we were on top of the Gill with most of the divers starting up a large shark came through and gave most divers a look. A not very good photo showed it was a fairly large sand bar. Couple barracuda.
The pretty side mount tanks are dive buddy Reggie Hunnicutt. White doubles are Brad Richardson. There ware some other RAD and NC Divers on the boat. Good conversations on the boat.
Gill was better for taking photos but took a few on the Hyde.
Great day of diving.
There are more pictures on my Facebook page.
Hmm. These are not appearing like they should. I will try to fix.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:13 am
Visibility was maybe 5 feet but more like 3 feet. The ocean was very angry so the sand made it to the rocks. Water temp 45 according to some my computer and watch read 43. Not sure why I didn't get super cold in only a 5mm. Guess it was the excitement to get back in the water. Look forward to warmer water soon!
Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:04 pm
Had set up a charter with Aquatic Safaris for the ledges trying to
work in one more NC dive this year. Sometimes you win and
sometimes you loose. This time it came up 4 aces. Good
group on the boat. Air temp rose to about 70.
Seas started at 2 ft and dropped to 1 ft the
rest of the day. Bright blue sky and almost no wind. Water on
the ledges was in the 70s. Lowest I saw was 72 on Sue's and
73 on 23 miles. No current on either ledge. Viz was 45 ft on
Sue's and 35 ft on 23 mile. Lots of life. Turtles on both ledges.
Quite a few tropicals including some butterfly fish. Lots of
angels. Plus folks saw rays, king mackerel, triggers, and lots of other
stuff. Dove with regular buddy Michael Martin. A great way
for me to wrap up the NC dive season. Some photos on my
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Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:11 pm
It was supposed to be heavy rains and thunderstorms so I went diving. That heavy rain happened to and from the coast but Mama nature smiled on us. 1-2 ft seas all day. Bright sun. Flying fish on the way out. Dove the Gill. 23 miles out in 90 ft of water. Lots of fish life: Folks saw a few sand tiger sharks, large schools of cuda, file fish, grouper, several tropicals, yellow tail snappers, eels, some nice jellies including a moon jelly, etc.. Great day on the water. Met some nice folks from DC. Two good dive buddies. I find the Gill very photogenic with 70 years of marine growth covering the ruins of a sunken tanker. A few photos on my facebook page.
Water on top was a gorgeous clear blue. Lots of life around to amuse you on the hang bar. Dropping down at about 40 ft there was a very mild thermocline. Below the thermocline the viz was 30-40 ft depending on location. Top layer in the 80s. Bottom layer was 79. Very slight current. Some sargassum weed scattered on top. watched stuff play in it during the SI.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:14 pm
Two nice dives today on the Stone and the Dredge Wreck with Aquatic Safaris. Stone is a sunken tugboat. Dredge is a ship that sunk around 1920. Now piles of bricks and machine parts. Water was 80 top to bottom. Viz was 15-20 ft. Seas were 1-2 ft. Viz better up higher. No current. Particulate ruled out taking any distant shots.
Number of tropicals including juvenile blue tang, queen angels. We saw a number of small, half inch fish. Bright blue with stripe on top, yellow on the bottom. Probably an immature damsel fish of some type. Found a couple very small nudibranchs. Maybe 3/4 of an inch. Not our usual goddesses. Note the white spots. Also saw filefish, flounder, and a lot of others.
Photos on my facebook page.
Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:29 pm
Well the dives on Friday and Sat AM got blown out. Paul of AS decided that things were calming down and we departed at noon on Sat. to 4 ft seas for the Hyde and Markham. Seas were 3 ft by the time we got there and were down to 2 ft for the SI. Good call.
Lowest water temp was 77 on both dives. Viz was down from what it had been. About 10 ft on the Markham, a bit better on the Hyde. A good 15 ft. On the hang bar horizontal viz was 25-30 ft. In some places the surge had churned up some particulate but most places the water was just hazy.
Hard to tell how many but there were sand tigers back on the Hyde. Saw them three times. Two large remora were real pests on the hang bar. Funny watching divers push them off.
Usual fish and critters. Lots of amberjack on the Markham. They kept swimming by.
Couple pleasant dives. First was an hour long (air limited). Second about 40 minutes (NDL limited).
Some pictures on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/steve.campbell.5496683
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