Por Dos

Family cruising in a Catamaran

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Azorean diving, featuring: shivering and swimming.

24 May 2013 | Horta, Faial, Azores
Roan Morwood-Portoles
We set out for the dive at 8:00 and half an hour later we went out in the dive RIB (Rigid-Inflatable-Boat). Then 10 minutes later we arrived at the dive site and dropped anchor. We got our BC’s (Buoyancy Compensators) and dive tanks on and jumped into the water. The water was frigid but I soon got over the numbing shock and we headed down 20 feet to the bottom and started down the underwater slope.

Our guide Fabio was great. He pointed out all of the fish crabs and even some strange lobsters that looked liked giant foot-long shrimp with a hard shell. I even saw an octopus! We also saw a few forkbeard fish, which are part of the codfish family but look a lot like catfish. They are nocturnal creatures and during the day hide under rocks. But if you tap your fingers softly on the bottom they slowly creep (swim) out of their hideout. They have blind white eyes, and have long “Whiskers” that look like beards given their name the Forkbeard.

We reached the deepest point of the dive 19 meters (62.7 ft.) and headed back. On the return journey we saw another Forkbeard and more crabs of all sizes. Even some more of the giant shrimp/lobster things! Almost at the boat I looked up and realized that from 1-10 Ft. below the surface was a whole army of jellyfish. There were some small jellyfish that had long 9-foot tentacles. Some wide and stubby ones that had large and short tentacles that looked like cauliflowers. Luckily we saw no Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish. But still, I was glad for all of the layers of wetsuits I had on not only because they protected me from getting hypothermia, but also helped me avoid getting attacked by a vicious jellyfish. We hopped back into the boat and raised the anchor. On the way back to port our captain, a nice marine biologist/diver named Juan let me drive back and dock the boat. Once docked (without having hit anything). My dad and I went up to change out of our wetsuits and into dry clothes. Then we went back down to the dock to help clean the wetsuits and BC’s of salt water and hang them up.

I had a lot of fun this dive, I saw lots of fish and other underwater creatures, the visibility was very good, and I got to drive the boat back. This is probably one of the best dives I have ever done, of course I only have done 8 dives but quality over quantity right :D

Roan
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Vessel Name: S/V Por Dos
Vessel Make/Model: Catana 48
Hailing Port: Salem, MA
Crew: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
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Who: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
Port: Salem, MA
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