23rd Dive Against Debris

We removed 10 pieces of debris weighing a total .65 kg from Shangri-la Marine Sanctuary off Mactan Island in Cebu, Philippines.

This was an unplanned trip to my dive center. An instructor was doing a simulated decompression dive, and I got to tag along. They didn’t stay deep enough or long enough to require actual deco stops, but they did deco stops as if they were required. Their buoyancy was absolutely incredible, and the exercises they did were fascinating. I wish I had brought a camera with me!

During one of the simulated deco stops, I discovered that my mesh bag had dropped. Most of what is in these photos I started stuffing into my wetsuit and BCD pockets. However, I knew where the bag must’ve dropped. While my second dive of the day went another route with a different group, we passed the group from this dive and passed the site where I thought the mesh bag had dropped.

The team from this first dive recovered the mesh bag, but it was empty. So I got the bag back, and then, near where I though it had dropped, I re-found the glass bottle. It had been in there during this dive. There was only 1 other piece of debris that had been in there, but, sadly, it was nowhere to be found.

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