Not only was it another somewhat rolly night, but the full moon came into play and I had some really strange dreams. Luckily, by the time I write this I've forgotten the contents, just that they were disturbing indeed. The waves had settled somewhat overnight and I did a bit of work on geo-coding my pictures from this trip as I had about 2 hours of good internet connection, but when that disappeared I put the dive gear together for one more dive at Créole Rock (it turns out it isn't called Île Créole after all) with the intention of finding a subject and using all the different camera and flash modes to see how the effects differed. Unfortunately the visibility was terrible and none of my pictures turned out (which doesn't keep me from posting a couple anyway), I spent over 30 minutes outside of the little cave in which a moray eel about the length of my arm was waiting. All the pictures with flash had terrible backscatter and those without a flash didn't turn out for other reasons. But at least I got some practice in patience.
Back on the boat I noticed that my anchor snubber had snapped and the little metal shackle that I'd used had sunk to the bottom - I'll snorkel on that tomorrow in the hopes that visibility will be good enough to let me find it.

High-Pressure tank Closeup of the fitting on my high-pressure scuba tank.
(2012-02-07 12:39:57 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/3.8, 1/160s] ISO 64)
High-Pressure tank
Cleaning gobies on coral Two cleaning gobies on this coral are waiting for custom.
[18°7'3.44"N 63°3'24.08"W ]
Cleaning gobies on coral
Moray eel waiting Arm long Moray, with the tail in the foreground and head in the background. This Moray was my subject for the day, I spent over 30 minutes in front of it's cave waiting for a good shot. The visibility was terrible with lots of sediment and debris in the water so none of the pictures turned out.
[18°7'3.44"N 63°3'24.08"W ]
Moray eel waiting
Moray eel looking out Moray eel head poking from the rocks. This Moray was my subject for the day, I spent over 30 minutes in front of it's cave waiting for a good shot. The visibility was terrible with lots of sediment and debris in the water so none of the pictures turned out.
[18°7'3.44"N 63°3'24.08"W ]
Moray eel looking out
Moray closeup This was as close as I got to the Moray before it retreated into the rocks. This Moray was my subject for the day, I spent over 30 minutes in front of it's cave waiting for a good shot. The visibility was terrible with lots of sediment and debris in the water so none of the pictures turned out.
[18°7'3.44"N 63°3'24.08"W ]
Moray closeup
Moray eel teeth This Moray was my subject for the day, I spent over 30 minutes in front of it's cave waiting for a good shot. The visibility was terrible with lots of sediment and debris in the water so none of the pictures turned out.
[18°7'3.44"N 63°3'24.08"W ]
Moray eel teeth
Snubber remains The remains of the snapped anchor snubber line. I'd chosen a 3-strand one for extra springiness and knew that it was close to time for it be exchanged for the other line I've almost completed, a 1-inch diameter 3-strand with hook. I waited just a bit too long.
(2012-02-07 15:12:26 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/6.3, 1/500s] ISO 64)
Snubber remains
Ikelite housing closeup This was taken with my 35mm lens using the +4 diopter which turns it into a macro lens.
(2012-02-07 15:49:52 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Ikelite housing closeup
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