Underwater Night Pics, Off the Back of Uno Mas

Oct 12, 2017

Orangeball corallimorph – the most unusual thing we have seen at night.

Angie was a bit anxious for our first night dive since 2009.  Funny how all of our extracurricular activities stopped (mostly) for us once we bought the boat!  However, we now have new dive lights and back ups.  Our gear is working great.  We decided to just go off the back of Uno Mas, not go too deep (for the 43 ft camera maximum depth), and we needed to see what the camera would do for underwater night pics.

Mark – fins first!

Besides, the coral is spawning at 7-8 days past the full moon.  We have never experienced this before and wanted to see what the hype is about.  Angie was thankful that Mark turned on our bright green underwater light as well. (Thank You, Skip!)   No matter which way we went, she could see the glow of where our boat was and where we needed to go to exit the water.  It definitely helped to alleviate her stress.

Star Coral blooming
Yellowline arrow crab

Angie was the first to jump in, and was greeted by the two nice sized (4 ft) Tarpons that we have seen while snorkeling around Uno Mas.  They are a bit daunting to see at night with just having dive lights to illuminate small areas.  We got used to them following us everywhere, trying to eat the fish our dive lights would highlight.  They actually were obnoxious. More than once, they bumped Mark and the camera, trying to reach their prey.

Tarpon not being nice

We really didn’t see much of the coral spawning.  We started our dive just after sunset, around 19:15.  We were told we needed to wait until 21:30-22:30.  We didn’t think we would be able to stay up that late, since we usually go to ground just after sunset.  So, maybe that is why.  However, we did notice that the moray eels were very active and feeding.  The coral also looked like it was flowering, but no great cloud plume.   The brittle starfish were active as well.

First Spotted Moray of the evening

 

Spiny brittle starfish

We were VERY pleased with the camera set-up.  The colors of the coral really seemed to “pop.” There was A LOT of debris/spatter in the water and we were not certain we would get very many clear photos.  There were a lot of particles that looked like strings of fish poop that were spiraling around, moving like they were alive.  One even curled up like a worm as Angie shined her light directly at it. It definitely was not acting like normal fish poop.

Spatter and a Jellyfish

The bioluminescence was prolific as well, and made it surreal as our fins created swirls of green sparkles.  Angie had fun playing around with all of that.  In fact, she was a bit disappointed we decided to end the dive after 70 minutes, but running out of air would be annoying.

An end to an excellent dive!

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