The night was a long one again, when the wind died down at about 3am the boat was sideways to the waves part of the time and I had to get up, turn on the lights, and store things in the salon so that they wouldn't bang and roll around. In the morning I decided to make it a diving day, with two trips to the little island called Île Créole in order to practice my bouyancy control and picture taking at easy depths of 10-20 feet. The pictures below show the results from two dives - each lasting an hour and with 2000 out of 3000 psi remaining in the tanks, I only stoped the dives when I realized that I was getting a bit chilled.
Filling the tanks went quickly and without effort, I ran the genset to make water, heat the water reservoir for a hot shower, boil some edamame on the stovetop, do a load in the dishwasher and charge the batteries while running the Bauer compressor.

Ikelite housing with D7000 The Ikelite housing and flash containing my D7000 camera and today's lens - a 35mm primary with a +2 diopter screw-on attachment.
(2012-02-04 12:39:50 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/160s] ISO 64)
Ikelite housing with D7000
Dinghy growth It is time for me to clean the bottom of my dinghy before it becomes a real biotope.
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Dinghy growth
Porgy What I think is a Porgy foraging at the bottom.
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Porgy
Hiding shrimp and small fish I could see the shrimp and the little fish seemed to be guarding the entrance; unfortunately I cannot find it in my fish identification book.
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Hiding shrimp and small fish
Shrimp peeking out of it's hole This shrimp took a long time before deciding to come back out for a look and I was lucky to catch it before it once again disappeared.
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Shrimp peeking out of it's hole
Yellowtail snapper being cleaned I fond this cleaning station by accident and saw several small shrimp cleaning fish and others waiting, unfortunately after this shot the snapper zoomed away.
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Yellowtail snapper being cleaned
Squirrelfish in the shade This squirrelfish was hiding along the side of a rock in the shade and I almost missed it.
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Squirrelfish in the shade
Goby over a coral I am fairly certain that this is one of the goby family. Well, kind-of sort-of and I couldn't find anything closer in the book.
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Goby over a coral
Cleaning Goby on a coral These miniscule cleaning Goby are hard to catch as they go from motionless to -gone- in a millisecond.
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Cleaning Goby on a coral
Wrasse up close A Wrasse (I think)
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Wrasse up close
Scrawled Filefish A scrawled filefish (what a name!) on the bottom at Grand Case.
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Scrawled Filefish
Colorful parrotfish Colorful parrotfish
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Colorful parrotfish
Parrotfish in Grand Case Parrotfish in Grand Case
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Parrotfish in Grand Case
Bluestriped Grunts A school of Bluestriped Grunt along the rockface at Ile Creole in Grand Case, St. Martin
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Bluestriped Grunts
Surgeonfish This is an Ocean Surgeonfish (I think)
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Surgeonfish
Gray Angelfish A Gray Angelfish foraging for food.
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Gray Angelfish
Juvenile Parrotfish Juvenile Parrotfish
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Juvenile Parrotfish
Ocean Surgeonfish Ocean Surgeonfish
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Ocean Surgeonfish
Trumpetfish hovering A Trumpetfish hovering beside me.
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Trumpetfish hovering
Bluestriped grunts hovering Bluestriped grunts hovering
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Bluestriped grunts hovering
Juvenile hogfish A juvenile hogfish posing for the camera after playing hard to get - it took some time and patience of waiting on the bottom for it to approach.
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Juvenile hogfish
Spotted eagle ray flying by This is the only picture that turned out, as the ray was busy checking out his territory and wouldn't approach me.
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Spotted eagle ray flying by
Lizardfish up close This lizardfish took a long time to approach - the bottom was sandy ahead of it, so I dropped to the bottom, waited a couple of minutes, then inched closer to get a shot.
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Lizardfish up close
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