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Trip Report Dive Report- Boynton Reefs 04/30/21

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Trailboss123, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Today is day 1 of a 3 day weekend stay over after a business trip up north in Ocala, FL.

    Got out diving this morning for a 2 tank reef trip with Loggerhead Dive Center. I arrived at the appointed weekday time of 8:30am for a 9am departure. I anticipated 4 other divers to also be on the boat that had made their reservations.

    The group of 4 called at 8:45am and said they were running late due to "car problems" and would be there in 15 minutes. 25 minutes later they hadn't arrived and Captain Jim called and they said they had another issue and would be there in 15 minutes. We waited. At 9:25am, they still hadn't arrived, so one more call was made and they said, "another 20 minutes" - to which Captain Jim said, "Sorry, the boat is leaving."
    Unbelievable! I came to learn that they had called yesterday and asked for the boat to leave later because they didn't want to get up and leave so early. Kind of doubt the whole "car problem" excuse.

    Anyway, as it turned out, Jim felt bad about leaving me hanging and couldn't put me on another boat at that point, so off I went on a private charter with Captain Alex and deckhand Chris.

    The first dive was at Tumble Rocks. Water temp was 77 and the visibility was 65 feet and a clear blue. What current there was, and it was minimal was running north. I cruised along the inner ledge poking about for an hour. It was nice to be back in Florida waters. Last trip was last summer. I came across 2 good sized lemon sharks about 40 minutes into the dive. One of them hung about and did 3 passes around me. Saw a few large adult spotted drums, big french angelfish, a couple of scorpion fish and a small lion fish + all the other regular reef fish. It was a nice opener before what would come next.

    Dive 2 was at Lynn's Reef, up closer to Boynton. I dropped into clear water, just like dive 1 and the water ticked up a degree to 78. No sooner did I hit the reef than a large Lemon shark came cruising by with a remora in tow. Then a big green moray, then a massive school of hundreds of Spadefish dancing and hanging together in 40 feet of water with the sunlight shining down upon them. Current was basically nothing, so I was able to just hang and watch them and enjoy the experience. Finally, I went about my way heading north by NW. Suddenly and a bit startling, I felt something bump my left hand and I looked down and it was a juvenile or young Loggerhead. He had a bit a chunk taken out of his forehead. Looked like a shark had taken a nibble. He was like a little puppy dog and just wanted to hang around me and followed me for quite a while doing circles and coming underneath my belly like he wanted a rub. He eventually wandered south and I continued north and came across a very large and white- Albino like looking nurse shark. I had never seen such a color. He stayed around for a while also. Then 5 minutes later, another good sized Lemon Shark appeared and then the little Loggerhead returned to find me once again and bumped up against me. It was amazing behavior. I came to the end of the reef and still had some air and jumped across a bunch of sand over to one last little island of reef where I encountered dozens of Sargent Majors all busy laying and aerating eggs. It was a sight.

    I slowly made my ascent while looking all around me in hopes of yet some other encounter. It was not to be and I came up beaming and thrilled from the dive. It was so peaceful to meander along at my own pace without a care. Felt like I was back in Bonaire.

    Seas were about 2 feet with easy entry and reentry off the boat and back in. Captain Alex was his usual stellar self with the awesome drops and pickups.

    Loggerhead has been fully booked this weekend for the last 6 weeks or so. So, I will be out tomorrow for 2 morning and 2 afternoon dives with Splashdown Divers, also out of the Boynton Marina and just a few slips down from Loggerhead. It will be my first time diving with them, so I will have a new experience to recount. Sunday will be 2 morning dives before cleaning up and drying the gear and returning back to the great NW on Monday afternoon. A bit bummed I decided to leave the camera home this trip. With the current being so slow and all the close encounters, I could have had some excellent photo opportunities.

    I will be sure to post on the next 2 days diving. Cheers!
     
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Glad you had a good day, that's Boynton Beach:) Alex is the best. That says a lot about Loggerhead's integrity, way to go Capt Jim.
     
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  3. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You hit on one of my pet peeves ... people who are late to the boat. An even bigger pet peeve is people who lie which these folks most likely did. Very glad Loggerhead said "enough" and left with just you on the boat.

    Great report! Hope you have fantastic dives this weekend as well.
     
  4. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I don't like people who lie and think it's ok to do so.
    Thank you for your report @Trailboss123. Glad you had a nice time.
     
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  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Another diving trip!!!!!
    You are unreal! Pity that you could not show the lemon shark, there will be next time.
    Enjoy rest of the trip.
     
  6. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Unfortunately some operators would have to wait even though they knew the divers were BS.
    Suffered many times before and I hate it. And to make the matter worst was when they eventually turned up there would be more of those pathetic excuses. They would blame anything but themselves.
     
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  7. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    Thnx for posting
     
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  8. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Dang, we're in Palm Coast...glad you got wet!
     
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  9. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    First of all nice write up @Trailboss123

    This behaviour is totally unacceptable.

    I can't blame some dive centres for taking a non-returnable deposit when booking.

    Other people could have been on the boat with you because the dive op would have technically been fully booked and rejected further bookings.

    There are three losers to this;

    The Dive Op who has lost money on lost revenue
    Other divers who could have been on the boat
    The divers who didn't turn up, they could be blacklisted if that is possible in the area.

    On the latter point I know that my usual dive op has a list of people that have been "No Shows" in the past with some not providing any excuse, or canceling the morning of the dive without a valid reason.
     
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  10. Skeptic14

    Skeptic14 Contributor

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    Wow, a lot packed into a single dive! With each subsequent glowing report from the FL SE coast, that's becoming more and more likely next year's trip for me!

    I don't have a lot of tolerance for people that aren't punctual, I'm sure that really gets frustrating for the dive ops.
     
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