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.
(2012-02-04 11:14:45 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.79m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Dinghy growth
Porgy What I think is a Porgy foraging at the bottom.
(2012-02-04 11:16:45 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.89m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 11:19:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.45m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 11:17:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.63m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 11:35:46 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.60m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 11:54:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.71m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 11:24:17 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.50m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 11:24:40 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.40m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Cleaning Goby on a coral
Wrasse up close A Wrasse (I think)
(2012-02-04 11:56:58 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.45m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Wrasse up close
Scrawled Filefish A scrawled filefish (what a name!) on the bottom at Grand Case.
(2012-02-04 12:01:23 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 160 Focus 0.60m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Scrawled Filefish
Colorful parrotfish Colorful parrotfish
(2012-02-04 15:43:45 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.40m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Colorful parrotfish
Parrotfish in Grand Case Parrotfish in Grand Case
(2012-02-04 15:45:05 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.40m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Parrotfish in Grand Case
Bluestriped Grunts A school of Bluestriped Grunt along the rockface at Ile Creole in Grand Case, St. Martin
(2012-02-04 15:47:51 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.35m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Bluestriped Grunts
Surgeonfish This is an Ocean Surgeonfish (I think)
(2012-02-04 15:50:57 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Surgeonfish
Gray Angelfish A Gray Angelfish foraging for food.
(2012-02-04 15:53:20 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Gray Angelfish
Juvenile Parrotfish Juvenile Parrotfish
(2012-02-04 15:55:41 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Juvenile Parrotfish
Ocean Surgeonfish Ocean Surgeonfish
(2012-02-04 15:55:55 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Ocean Surgeonfish
Trumpetfish hovering A Trumpetfish hovering beside me.
(2012-02-04 16:03:19 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.42m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Trumpetfish hovering
Bluestriped grunts hovering Bluestriped grunts hovering
(2012-02-04 16:06:23 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.35m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 16:11:47 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 16:12:27 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
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.
(2012-02-04 16:19:59 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'2.95"N 63°3'23.56"W ]
Lizardfish up close
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