Day 3, THIS PICTURE SAYS IT ALL....read on I will explain!
Yep once again coffee and biscuits in hand, Devin and I headed off to fill tanks for the days adventure. We were looking for a 36% Nitrox mix but unfortunately the young man at the dive center topped them off with 36% giving us an average Nitrox mix of 26-28%. In an attempt to save time, we knew the depths we good for that particular mix so we loaded up the car and made our way to the doc.
At the doc, we were meet by the entire crew anxious to begin the day. The boat was loaded with care - dive gear check, O2 check, sandwiches check , divers, scientist and we are ready. Nope we are missing the captain.
Captain Tony came around the corner and surprised us all. Not only would he captain our boat for us he was also in the middle of filming a reality TV show about REAL divers doing REAL research. After a few more totes, cameras, mics and releases signed we were on our way. (Yes, once I know the exact showing I will let you know.)
studying the seasonal activity and distribution of large coastal shark species on the U.S. Eastern seaboard. His second postdoctoral at the University of Windsor as part of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) Artic component. Here he is studying the movements, migrations and tropic ecology of Arctic cod, sculpin and Greenland sharks. Following a five year long campaign, he finally received research permits from the Sudanese government, which will see the initiation of stage one of the Sudan Red Sea Shark and Ray Study in October 2012 (FYI we have been invited to join him ...so excited let me know if you are interested!).
Back to the days events, sorry but Steve is such an exciting fellow and a joy to work with.
So the next group, Devin and Lorena are all geared up. The captain and Steve discuss the probability that the marker could have moved even thought it was attached to a huge concrete culvert. As they discussed, I told Devin of the direction I had gone and it was obvious our brief bout on the surface pushed us too far east and as we headed north we had missed it by a mile. After deliberation they agree to give the Divers a few extra 100 feet to search with the currents pushing east. And away they go, Devin and Lorena textbook backrolls no air in their bc's and with in seconds their bubbles look like champagne on the surface. Lorena has the camera and takes a picture of Devin and some of the surroundings. (this may be the first time she has ever taken pictures underwater...not bad Lorena!)
So to no avail, Devin and Lorena missed also. As Lindsay and I are feeling a little better about missing our mark at least we were all even....but who is counting right?
We had to call in the big guns....the captain...Tony!
Although, I failed to get you a complete picture...Tony's gear is very Technical with a scooter and don't forget he is doing a reality TV show, so there are 2 cameras going down with him. His mission....to located what the other divers could not find based on last years data of the coordinates. The plan was he would go to where the last spot known was then scooter around in a pattern till he found the receiver. Once Captain Tony located the receiver he would float a marker and Scientist Scuba Steve (hope he doesn't kill me) would descend and replace the receiver. After an extended period, out popped the tube and Steve went overboard (in a good way). A lot of time went by as we waited.......SUCCESS - Scientist SCUBA Steve said that a storm must have move it a hundred or so yards from where it was suppose to be. By now it is close to 3 pm, a lot of time was lost but at least we found it and it was not lost or destroyed. On to the next site.....
Lindsay and I are successful with our next drop and redeemed ourselves form the earlier dive. I replaced the receiver on this dive and in good time. The next receiver was not too far away so Lindsay and I stayed suited up and dove for the next receiver...once again success.
Devin and Lorena were up next, so Lindsay and I could relax and get warmed up. Devin and Lorena get their orders and over they go. Way too soon they surface, missed it? Steve asks, "Can you guys try again maybe the current was pushing too much...Certainly they agree and position themselves ready to roll. Dive Dive Dive.....unfortunately another unsuccessful drop. Devin and Lorena disappointed to have missed the mark twice as the visibility is 60 feet or so, current not too bad. Devin is now thinking did I really miss that bad, ego took a little hit. Meanwhile, trying not to do our victory dance...Lindsay and I sit quietly.
The sun is beginning to set so we all agree to begin again tomorrow. The ride back in was long, wet and very quiet. A goal to get all 6 receivers replaced and only replacing 3 was a bit disappointing.
Let's go eat dinner!
And we did. Doc, Steve and the gang was so kind to serve us Steak! And if any of you know me, you know how unusual that it is for someone to cook and me not be in the middle....it was hard but oh so good! Thanks DOC!
Good night! Till Morn day 4.