Wolf Island (Dives), Nov 9, 2003

November 9, 2003 - Wolf Island (Dives 4-6)

Dive 6
Max Depth: 76'
Dive Time: 34 min
Temperature: 74°F
Nitrox PO2: 21%

Dive 4
Max Depth: 82'
Dive Time: 58 min
Temperature: 72°F
Nitrox PO2: 21%             

Dive 5
Max Depth: 108'
Dive Time: 54 min
Temperature: 73°F
Nitrox PO2: 21%

Camera: Seacam/Canon 1Ds, Canon 20mm/2.8 lens, 2 x Ikelite DS-125

Dive 4, 5: For these two dives, we dropped in just off of the SW coast of Wolf Island, along a huge slope covered with boulders. Free-swimming moral eels were literally everywhere, and a neverending school of creole fish parted around us as we drifted with the current. We saw numerous scalloped hammerheads, although none of them would come near our group. Near the beginning of the first dive, I left the group and saw the pointy silhouette of a small silky shark up above me. He would not come close, either. Like at Darwin, I was almost always accompanied by streamer hogfish (always young supermales, for some reason). These individuals have always been the first to join me on a dive here in the northern islands. Also neat were small groups of almaco jacks, which would swim towards me and circle me, perhaps mistaking me for a large fish (they are often seen riding the "bow wave" of whale sharks).

Dive 6: Our third dive at Wolf was on the northern tip of the northern island at Wolf. There is an impressive wall with a couple of cave systems running through them. We entered the mouth of one of the caves and swam through it, dodging the multitude of moray eels and lobsters strewn about inside. I took the first left while in the cave, leaving in the group, and ended up alone on the wall, around the point. All I had to do was follow the wall to meet up with the others, but a strong current made it very difficult to do so. In fact, at one point I ended up in a downcurrent -- always entertaining because exhaled bubbles actually end up streaming down from your mouth! I inflated my BCD, swam diagonally, and eventually made it out. Being alone on the wall was wonderful. A school of hammerheads buzzed by, and in a single frame I would have been able to photograph the school, a dolphin, two green turtles, a school of almaco jacks, and a school of bigeye jacks! Too bad it was so late in the day. There was no light. :( The rest of the group went into a second cave, where hundreds (if not thousands) of cleaner shrimp cleaned 8-10 stacked moray eels! Wish I had seen it.