Battery #2… Achievement unlocked.

Letting neither weather forecast nor lingering snow deter us,  myself and fellow BtLG Dive Team member Caleb C. got out to pull a second battery from the popular Seattle dive site known as “cove 2” over in Alki.

Upon leaving the house there was a bit of snow falling, but a short 5 min drive around Duwamish head revealed naught but a howling biting wind.   We geared up in moderately expeditious fashion,  i need to remember to not stand around on cold concrete without full booties beneath my feet… once feet are cold, its very hard to warm them back up.   I donned my heated vest (the wonderful thing that makes inclement weather like this actually quite tolerable) and we were off.   A side note, although i am in 100% agreement that if you need more insulation you should go get it, i will also say that active heating is simply awesome.

Our plan was a moderately short dive, we were off to look for a rather large battery between the wreck of an abandoned cabin cruiser (the honey bear) and the entry point.   On our way out we took a secchi disk reading (vis was a whopping 37′!!)  checked out a couple empty octopus dens and finally arrived at our intended target.

I was a bit surprised at first, this battery was double the size of the first battery.  it was a bit of a struggle getting it into my containment bin (aka milk crate) if only because its was so heavy underwater!   before this dive i’d taken the time to pre-rig a sort of harness for the milk crate for ease of setup with lift bag.   I’d also left a few other items on the shock cord in my bin… next time i won’t be doing that, extra stuff just gets in the way.  KISS.  Ok, containment field activated, lift bag deployed… the rest of the show was pretty uneventful, Caleb shot some video with his little point and shoot and we made our way back to the boundary line.  on the way up i pointed out a little gastropod sea angel, he was expecting something …bigger 🙂   An pleasant cruse back up the line, a check for critters in the battery…  a heave ho!  And… achievement unlocked!   Another Battery into the bin and ready to go to recycling!!!!!!!!!!

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2 thoughts on “Battery #2… Achievement unlocked.

  1. Laura, This is so great! One thing I would suggest with batteries in particular, is that a number of gunnels make their homes in them. I’ve seen up to a dozen or more gunnels in one battery. I know you found one in the first battery you brought up and perhaps off camera you checked this one before you brought it in but wanted to point this out. This time of year there aren’t too many gunnels around (at least that we can see-maybe there are dozens of baby gunnels in nests everywhere that we don’t even see until they get bigger) so it’s a safe time to do this. But in the fall and early winter when we see hundreds of gunnels it may be more of an issue. I know you know all this but wanted to put it on your blog so others are cognizant of it as well. Good job!

    • Georgia, this is an excellent point, and yes, we highlighted part of that story with the first battery… I did checked the bigger battery as well.

      I’m debating taking a small crowbar and popping the tops off underwater so that i can really get into them and chase stuff out underwater but again, not so sure about the overall impact of doing that, so need to discuss with enviro-sciency types.

      We absolutely try our best to get all the critters out, but at the end of the day having the lead (and other trash) out of the water is a good thing.

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