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Cozumel 2011 Day 3: Cedral Wall February 27, 2011

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log.
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My third diving day in Cozumel began with the familiar site of Cedral Wall, which I’ve dived on previous trips. This dive was to be the deepest of the trip at 125 feet, although it got shallower fairly quickly allowing a bottom time of 41 minutes plus a 5 minute safety stop. We saw lots of turtles and the current was quite strong in the deeper part of the dive.

Working with the currents is an important skill in Cozumel drift diving. In general, the closer you are to the reef the less current you experience, so if you’re getting ahead of the other divers you can let them catch up by hunkering down. Good buoyancy control is important to keep you and your equipment from damaging the reef, especially when the currents are pushing you up or down. Most reefs have plenty of features that also allow you to hide from the current, often taking the form of ledges which are nice to look under. It can be quite useful to have a dive light handy for that purpose. A third method is to present a small profile to the current with a horizontal body position, but that’s effective only for a short while as the current will eventually accelerate you to equal its own speed.

The one thing that you definitely don’t want to do for any length of time is fight it, especially at that depth as you’ll find yourself low on air in no time. If you fall behind, usually ascending 10 feet or so off the reef and a couple of kicks will catch you up pretty fast.

The dive featured a big Black Grouper and a Parrot Fish that was almost as large. I also photographed a Juvenile Spotted Drum, which was a feature of just about every dive, although I only saw one adult the entire trip. The Juvenile has no spots. These develop later.The lobster population seemed to be doing well with 3 hiding under one sponge, and near the end of the dive we had an encounter with a young Green Turtle.

Juvenile Spotted Drum

The lobster population seemed to be doing well with 3 hiding under one sponge, and near the end of the dive we had an encounter with a young Green Turtle.

Lobsters

Young Turtle Heading Towards Surface

 

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