Daily Log Report for
by Richard Pyle
|Not much to report today. It was the first day of
major filming, so we spent a lot of time on the boat
shooting sequences before getting in the water. The dive
was plagued by delays of various sorts, so we ended up
just bouncing to 300 feet and working our way back up the
slope. Tomorrow we will return to the same spot, and the
next day we will try a different site.
Pyle, John Earle, Ken Corben, Pat Colin
Solid line indicates depth, dashes ("-")
ceilings, bar ("|") represents cleared to
|Max. Depth: 300
feet (91 meters)
||Duration: 3 hr,
||Augulpelu Reef; E side of reef; "D2"
(07 16.41' N, 134 31.44' E).
||I collected a female Genicanthus
bellus (a new record for Palau) at 300 feet, and
John caught a small crab on a
sea fan and an Apogon melanoproctus (a species
already described by Jack
Randall). Further up the slope John caught a tiny goby with a big reddish spot on the
side. We also collected a wrasse that was similar to Bodianus
opercularis, but it appeared to be different.
Unfortunately, it escaped from the bucket when I was
trying to get the Genicanthus out to vent its
swimbladder with a hypodermic needle. Pat Colin collected
another benthic ctenophore
similar to the previous one, but reddish in color.
originally going to lay a guide line from the surface to
300 feet, but the line got hopelessly tangled so we
abandoned that plan. We staged a cylinder of nitrox at
100 feet, and left a cylinder of trimix at the bottom
--at the same terrace we have been to on previous days.
Both Adam (using conventional scuba) and Ken (using the
rebreather) filmed us making our descent. Ken followed us
all the way to 300 feet, while pushing the digital
Betacam in its huge housing. The photo above shows John
and I chasing some fish near a small cave on one side of
the terrace at 290 feet.
Several aspects of the dive profile(s) illustrated above
deviate from conventional wisdom regarding appropriate
decompression procedures. The dives referred to on these
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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
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