December 30, 2007 - December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008 - January 3, 2008 - January 4, 2008
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January 2, 2008: Cayman Islands

A D2D New Years 2008: Cayman Islands dive
"Eagle Ray Rock (GC)" - "Doc Paulson (GC)"
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While my logbook says it was sunny, I recall it also being windy ... "the weather started getting rough" kind of stuff ...
Diving off of the Caymans:
  • Directions from Tampa: See your travel agent. All three islands offer great diving opportunities.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny and windy

  • Personal Notes: My throat was giving me issues by this point in the trip.

    First two dives were on Eagle Ray Rock, where I don't recall seeing any Eagle Rays. Got some good shots of other stuff though, including a relatively small turtle who was nice enough to hang around a bit. The second dive was cut short by the emergency recall from the boat; it got windy, and it was hard to get back on the boat.

    I skipped a dive on the Oro Verde, a wreck. Depending on who you ask, I didn't miss much, as the mooring line broke and some folks weren't even in for 5 minutes when they had to get back on the boat, which, since it wasn't moored, wasn't always that easy. Me ... I napped through the whole thing.

    So we moved to the Doc Paulson, a nice tug with a lot of macro life on it. For safety's sake, the boat double-tied to the wreck.

    The air started to get cold in the afternoon, and I'm fairly certain there was no one up for night diving.

Pictures!

The pictures from this first visit to the Doc Paulson were only a hint of things to come ...
Eagle Ray Rock (GC)
I started playing with the wide angle lens and camera settings. However, some of my experimental shots were interrupted by more interesting things to photograph ...

1/50-F5.0-ISO200 lens: 18-55mm
Like this Turtle.

1/50-F5.6-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
1/50-F5.6-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
1/50-F5.6-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
1/50-F5.6-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
1/50-F5.6-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
Gray Angelfish.

1/50-F5.6-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
The dots on the back ID this as a Graysby.

1/50-F8.0-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
Now, contrast this shot with the first one from the dive ...

1/50-F22-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
There's what the flash can light up - and depending on how far away the object is, it can influence what you set your F-stop to.

1/50-F22-ISO400 lens: 18-55mm
A Saddled Blenny teasing me when I don't have my macro lens on ...

1/50-F5.6-ISO200 lens: 18-55mm
1/50-F5.6-ISO200 lens: 18-55mm
Barracuda.

1/50-F5.6-ISO200 lens: 18-55mm
Fairy Basslet.

1/50-F10-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F10-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Masked or Glass Goby.

1/50-F16-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Not sure what this is.

1/50-F16-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
I think this is a Cleaning Goby.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Saddled Blenny I think, but his saddles aren't that apparent ...

1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
A decent shot of his head ...

1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
An Orangesided Goby I think, but not quite the side shot needed for an ID.

1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Secretary Blenny. I just wish I could find one that was a bit braver, and in an easier place to get my lens into ...

1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Could be a Yellowline, but I'm guessing it's actually a Shortstripe Goby.

1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
The flash didn't go off - note the muted colors.

1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F32-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Doc Paulson (GC)
Blue Tang.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Some kind of Wrasse.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
A French Angelfish eating.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Slender Filefish, I think.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Peacock Flounder's head.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Some spots on his body.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Another shot of the eyes.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
A crab's eyes ...

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Saddled Blenny.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Rough Fileclam.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Banded Coral Shrimp.

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
Garden Eel. I should have tweaked the settings a bit; I couldn't get close enough to get some light on him without him dropping into his hole ...

1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F16-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F16-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F16-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro
1/50-F22-ISO200 lens: 100mm macro


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
388 Eagle Ray Rock (GC) 108 feet 50 min. 81 F
389 Eagle Ray Rock (GC) 87 feet 45 min. 81 F
390 Doc Paulson (GC) 56 feet 55 min. 78 F
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