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    No worries, a report for sure..thanks for all the insight...BR

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    Although DD does make a good point. When you shine your light on some creature remember its predators can see it, too. So be mindful of how long you're looking at that little fishy. It might become someone's mid-night snack (thanks to you) if you're not careful.

    That's right... and at night that's when the 6 footers come out to hunt.

    No shiney stuff and don't wave your arms around...
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    Night diving also makes you realize how valuable a light is in the day. The colors will just come alive...

    Enjoy!

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    We just got back from Coz last week and did a night dive (our first) on Paradise Reef - spectacular.

    Tons of octopi, giant crabs & lobsters, a VERY large moray, along with the other usual suspects.

    As funny as it sounds (even to me), I had never seen fish sleeping before.

    Very peaceful and beautiful. The bioluminescent critters were out in swarms - turn off your light for a while and just drift, watching what others are spotting.

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    It's neat to go in at dusk and watch the reef changeover.
    I especially like nite dives during a full moon. It's cool
    to lay back and just gaze and the moon shining thru
    the water.
    "Are there any brave men left in Washington or are they all cowards?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrm777 View Post
    It's neat to go in at dusk and watch the reef changeover.
    I especially like nite dives during a full moon. It's cool
    to lay back and just gaze and the moon shining thru
    the water.
    LOL. It is called a happy hour dive to watch the changing of the shift.

    First dive dusk. Get a feel for the site and the day shift leaving and the night shift clocking in. Then the second dive.

    Back in the day before GPS and nitrox, we would head out at dusk and set up a marker with glow tubes. Grab a sandwhich during the SI then navigate to the marker for our "night" dive.
    Tim "The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it. He must be a gentleman... a man of honor and courage... a man of zeal, yet humble... an intelligent man...a man of truth... one who tempers action with wisdom and, above all else, one who walks in the light of God."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrm777 View Post
    It's neat to go in at dusk and watch the reef changeover.
    I especially like nite dives during a full moon. It's cool
    to lay back and just gaze and the moon shining thru
    the water.
    The full moon really seems to bring out the sharks as well, I guess it's easier for them to feed by the light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDiver View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mrm777 View Post
    It's neat to go in at dusk and watch the reef changeover.
    I especially like nite dives during a full moon. It's cool
    to lay back and just gaze and the moon shining thru
    the water.
    The full moon really seems to bring out the sharks as well, I guess it's easier for them to feed by the light.
    Exactly. And we all know they do not want us. That is why so many "attacks" are really just bite and release;once the animal realizes (by taste) that a diver is not his usual prey.

    So the moon is good and bad. The animal can see you (but clear enough?). Will he still mistake an appendage for his prey in the darker light? Not sure. I know as a surfer, the more turbid the water the more the risk. (plus the full moon can have an effect on the fluids in their small brains and what acts like an inner ear. Making them more unpredictable. That is where the Werewolf legends come from.

    I always recommend a full wetsuit for night dives. Does two things. Hopefuly the animal tastes the neoprene before he locks his upper jaw, number one. Number two, the suit helps to retain the muscle and tissue it tears loose.

    Not to be overly concerned though. Night dives are worth it.












































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    some of my most memorable dives have been night dives. Spent a whole dive in Bonaire once with a HUGE tarpon swimming circles lazily around me waiting for my light to shine onto something.

    He was just an amazing fish to watch. I spent more time looking at him than at the rest of the reef!

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    Tim "The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it. He must be a gentleman... a man of honor and courage... a man of zeal, yet humble... an intelligent man...a man of truth... one who tempers action with wisdom and, above all else, one who walks in the light of God."

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