Warbonnets and Cloud Sponges - Sund Rock

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Warbonnets and Cloud Sponges - Sund Rock

Post by KeithBoll » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:42 pm

Went to Sund Rock on Saturday - viz was a solid 30 feet for the first dive! Met a wonderful, young couple who just completed their certification this past week and completed three dives at Sund Rock in wet suits! I got cold just talking with them! However, I loved their enthusiasm - and they got to see their first GPO!

On the first dive, I went deep (to 120 feet) on the south wall and visited the cloud sponges. About a year ago, the cloud sponges turned brown. The good news - is that they are still there - and so are the warbonnets! A large warbonnet was lying on top of the sponges and let me take a number of pictures (I was grateful). All in all - I saw and took pictures of three warbonnets.

On the second dive, viz was a little bit cloudier - but still good. I went to a max of 50 feet and spent a lot of time (all on the south wall) at 20 to 30 feet. Halfway through the dive, I ran into a GPO out cruising! I was able to spend at least twenty minutes with him. Twice, I backed up a little (trying to fit more of the Octo in my macro (*!*) lens - and he followed me. The Octo flared up his body twice - succeeding in looking bigger! For most of the time, this guy cruised in 20 to 25 feet of water. I was super stoked to be able to spend this much time with such a beautiful creature.
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Re: Warbonnets and Cloud Sponges - Sund Rock

Post by Gdog » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:28 pm

Fantastic shots, and great report! Really cool being able to spend time with a GPO like that! Also, great to hear about the cloud sponges and warbonnets. So does anyone know what change is transpiring to the sponges? I would assume they are dead, but is that true?

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Re: Warbonnets and Cloud Sponges - Sund Rock

Post by H20doctor » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:12 am

So both cloud sponges are brown and dead ?
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Re: Warbonnets and Cloud Sponges - Sund Rock

Post by Scubie Doo » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:34 pm

H2O, last time I was there. All three were brown and dead.


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Re: Warbonnets and Cloud Sponges - Sund Rock

Post by H20doctor » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:54 pm

Sad .... Stuff
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