Diving with Ross O.
Trip Report and Photos "
New Reef" near Old Marineland,
Wreck of the Johanna Smith and the Olympic Wreck
and Photos © Elaine
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Mail subject line: "Who wants to go diving this weekend?" Reply: "I
do, I do" In so few words, a dive trip formed. I enjoy commercial
dive charters a lot, but, they normally head to the islands. Diving
with Ross usually means I will have the opportunity to see and explore
our local coastline.
It also means a chance
to spend some quality time with friends, and today it would be Ross
O., Beth O, and, Jeff and Susan Shaw.
Our first stop was at
a new reef that Ross has been exploring. It is located a short distance
north of Marineland. It has some beautifully decorated rocky terrain
in very pristine condition. Nudibranchs, shrimp, gorgonians, and,
anemonies are abundant Visibility was about 20 feet, not enough to
get a good sense of the layout of the reef, but enough to have a beautiful
There also seems to be
some old debris on this reef - nothing identifiable, perhaps old trash
that has become part of the landscape.
On our way to our next
dive site we motored past Marineland and had a brief chat with the
Popeye Maru. They were on a surface interval from their photo expedition"in
search of the rainbow nudibranch."
We traveled to the Johanna
Smith. The water on the surface promised good visibility. The trip
down the anchor line gave us hope for a great dive - until we got
close to the wreck. First I watched Ross disappear. I could barely
make out his fin that was about a foot from my face. Next I saw some
wreck formation, also about a foot from my face. Huddling close, Ross,
Jeff, and I looked at each other and called the dive. Ross went forward
along the chain to check the location of the anchor to make sure that
it would easily free when we left the site. Next I heard and felt
what I've come to know as Ross repositioning the anchor - I've nicknamed
it the "Signature Overstreet Bunny Thump Maneuver." Visibility may
be so poor that I can't see him, but when I hear the noise and feel
the chain, I know exactly what is going on.
Our last stop of the
day was at the wreck of the Olympic. Visibility here was decent at
about 20 feet. I had a Nikonos V, set up to do some macro of the life
on the Olympic. My strobe with the "sealed battery compartment" that
had flooded the previous week seemed to be in pristine working condition
after I had washed it out. I took a look at it on the dive site and
watched the flash head fill with water - uh oh, something structural
was amiss with the strobe - and no photos. We took a nice tour from
the midsection around the bow and back and called it a day.
Until next time.....
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