Daily Log Report for
by Richard Pyle
|Most of the film crew
left early this morning to film assorted shallow-water
marine life. John, Ken, Pat and I joined them at Blue
Holes around noon, and after lunch, John, Ken and I did
our dive. The deep part of the dive was very pleasant,
but we didn't encounter much in the way of new species.
The water was somewhat clearer than the last time, which
made the inside of Blue Holes seem more dramatic. We
decided not to go inside the cave this time, but Pat did
-- he went about 500 feet back for a quick look, and
found flashlight fish living near the back of the cave.
am satisfied that I have scoped out the area where I
almost made my last dive 11 years ago, and we will
concentrate our efforts elsewhere for the remainder of
the expedition. The film crew will spend tomorrow diving
with Jack, while John and I do another deep one in the
usual spot off Augulpelu Reef.
Pyle, John Earle, Ken Corben
Solid line indicates depth, dashes ("-")
ceilings, bar ("|") represents cleared to
|Max. Depth: 295
feet (89 meters)
||Time: 1:41 pm
||Duration: 2 hr,
||Blue Holes (07
08.10' N, 124 13.90' E).
||We saw basically the same set of fishes
that we had seen on the dive of 11
May. The same sharks were there, and the same set of
fishes. I collected a small specimen of the first Plectranthias, and one of
the second new Cirrhilabrus
wrasse. I also collected a Pseudanthias parvirostris
basslet, as well as the pale wrasse Halichoeres
pallidus and a tiny frogfish (Antennarius
sp.). John collected one of the first new Cirrhilabrus, but it
escaped when we were trying to decompress the fish with a
hypodermic needle. John also collected a Halequin Hind (Cephalopholis
polleni), and a small Pseudoplesiops (which
also escaped from the bucket.
||This dive was primarily for the purpose
of finishing up deep diving sequences for the film
project, so we didn't try too hard to find new species.
It was an extremely pleasant dive; especially in the Blue
Holes during decompression. I found a compass during the
dive, and John found a strobe light and a knife (deep
slopes beneath popular dive sites are better than dive
shops for getting gear!)
Several aspects of the dive profile(s) illustrated above
deviate from conventional wisdom regarding appropriate
decompression procedures. The dives referred to on these
web pages are of an experimental nature, and all persons
involved with these dives are fully cognizant of the
associated risks. The decompression practices followed on
these dives are derived from published information, in
conjunction with the many years of extensive experience
of the divers involved. These practices have not been
tested under controlled conditions, and may not work
equally well for all divers. Kids, don't
try this at home!!
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