Playing in the Surge in Ocotal, Costa Rica

Hola Amigos Hoping that this video finds you all doing well. Since the pandemic COVID-19 began...Costa Rica's borders, beaches, national parks and public places were closed. However when the president of Costa Rica finally opened the beaches this May 2020 (from 5am to...

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There’s a Shark…But Look There is a Seahorse

After you scuba dive in a place for a while...You get to know the animals that like to hang out there. In this one area at one of our local dive sites, Punta Ballena, it is common to see white-tip reef sharks, turtles, southern stingrays AND seahorses. It is a prime...

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Ball of Grunts at Arco Iris (Rainbow)

Arco Iris (Rainbow) is one of my favorite dive sites in the Catalina Islands area on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. As you come over the top of the rock and see the beautiful sand channel, then part of the rock separates and you see that it is a school of grunts and...

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Half Moon Jelly Bloop Bloop Bloop

Hola Amigos Here is a video of a half moon jelly blooping to the surface. I think it was escaping the cortez angel fish that was hoping to eat it. These are one of my favorite jellies....They do not sting and sometimes there are so many...you have to move them out of...

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Playing in the Chimney at Los Arcos

I believe that Scuba diving is one of the best activities you can do. It can be full of surprise and adventure...while it is also relaxing and calming....When I am under the water...it is therapy and nourishment for my sole. I took this video January 29th, 2020 at Los...

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Nurse Shark at Los Arcos

Los Arcos is a beautiful advanced dive site situated at the beginning of the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica, and is part of our Bat Islands (Isla Murcielagos) dive package. There are three underwater arches at this site and are full of life due to the currents passing...

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My Friends With Two Mantas at Black Rock

Enjoy this virtual dive at Black Rock, Bat Islands, Costa Rica. I took this video during one of our dives on January 29th, 2020. There were at least three mantas playing with us for the whole dive...plus all of the other marine life. During this time of turmoil...

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Emerged in a Massive School of Horse Eyed Jacks

When you feel scared...count your blessings...and be thankful!!!! Remember "Do not worry about anything...Pray about everything" I am going to post all of my favorite videos and photos ...Please enjoy them with me....This video was taken by a friend at Black Rock, Bat...

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Surprises in Scuba Diving

Surprises in Scuba Diving the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica. I found this unidentifiable starfish at Tortuga, one of our favorite local dive sites. This was a couple years ago. Been diving here for over twenty years and this was the first...

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Divers Playing With Schools of Grunts

What scuba diver does not love playing in a school of fish? It is very common to play in huge schools of fish on the North coast of Costa Rica. This day we were diving at La Pared, one of the main dive sites at Catalina Island. It is a euphoric feeling as you become...

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The Mating Dance

The more you visit an area...the more you are able to observe and discover. We found these little bulls eye rays doing the mating dance while scuba diving at Bajo Tiburones in the Catalinas area. It was really cool...However in the end...I don't think she wanted to...

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Turtle or Sharks

My friend was busy looking at the young shark and I was busy looking at the small hawks bill turtle...and the on the other side was a nice sized shark sleeping. I was teaching the PADI advanced course underwater naturalist... What a classroom we had. The turtle was...

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Manta Ray Enjoying a Cleaning at Big Scare

While we were looking for bull sharks at the famous dive site Big Scare, Isla Murcielagos...We had a special visit from this huge male manta. He was swimming slowly by us and enjoying a cleaning from the King Angel fish. He swam so close we could have touched...

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Whale Shark at Bajo Negro, Isla Murcielagos

There are no words to describe the excitement I felt when I saw this beauty swimming up to me....I could hear my friend trying to get our attention. There was so much marine life and I was looking everywhere and then from out of the blue emerges this incredible...

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Manta at Big Scare

Awesome day of diving Big Scare at Bat Islands (Isla Murcielagos). We saw several manta rays and several bull sharks...found one tooth 🙂 This manta came to say goodbye to us at the end of the dive... Nice signature for an awesome dive. Scuba diving the Gulf of...

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Moorish Idols & Sharks

It always seems like whenever I see moorish idols there are always sharks nearby. Don't know if it is a coincidence or if they have a symbiotic relationship. This day there was two white-tips and four moorish idols. We were scuba diving at Palmares Wall in the Gulf of...

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Special Surprises in The Gulf of Papagayo

You never know what surprises await under the ocean's surface. We found this beautiful star gazer....also known as the Weird fish during one of our local dives in the Gulf of Papagayo. My Jr diver student found the fish while participating in the PADI Jr diver advance...

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Humpback Whale and Her Baby

Wow wow wow. We were blessed with watching the humpback whales. They were hanging out in the Palmarés area in the Gulf of Papagayo. I then had the opportunity to get in the water and snorkel with a mother humpback whale with her new baby. In the video she is...

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Turtle at Bajo Tiburones

The scuba diving has been spectacular this July in the Gulf of Papagayo. We saw several good sized turtles this day...hawks bill, olive ridley and the pacific black turtles. We also have been seeing lots of white-tip reef sharks and eagle rays...plus the many schools...

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Battle of The Ocotopi

We found the most beautiful octopus while scuba diving at one of our local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo. He was moving and swimming...changing colors and making himself look bigger and badder. Then he went under this rock and the battle began...there was inking...

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Crazy Eels at Monkey Head..That’s Amorrrray 🙂

Our adventures in scuba diving continue. While diving at Monkey Head dive site...this huge green moray was swimming right to me. I was pointing my finger at it for the divers to see it and I thought it was going to bite my finger...Then it swam to my friend...it swam...

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Tortuga Love

It does not matter how many times I see a turtle... I feel so happy. This young hawks bill was enjoying a cleaning at one of our local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo...Monkey Head. It is easy to overlook them because they blend in with the rocks. We were teaching...

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Fishnado at Black Rock

All scuba divers knows what a fishnado is. But in case you don't know... It is a huge school of fish that drops down into a funnel like shape resembling a tornado and it makes us scuba divers very happy. Black Rock or Bajo Negro is famous for the fishnados there....

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Surprises in Scuba Diving

Surprises in scuba diving never end....Awesomeness when you find a couple of nice white-tip reef sharks resting in the sand. Then as you get closer... you look up and a giant pacific manta ray swoops over your head playing in the bubbles. Happy Happy were we! We were...

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Manta Named Hola With Eagle Rays

One of my top five manta experiences....Today we were diving at Black Rock in Bat Islands (Isla Murcielagos) Costa Rica. The site was full of life and excitement when we saw this beautiful manta ray approaching us. She was coming right too me and swam over my...

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Chilled Turtle for Dia de Tortuga

Here is a clip of a chilled hawks bill turtle that we found resting at one of my favorite local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo...Virador. I personally think that the animals remember us...I am pretty sure I have seen this turtle several times. Love seeing the...

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Feeding Frenzy La Viuda

Feeding frenzies are always cool to watch. After all of the years diving at this site, La Viuda in the Catalina Islands...Normally I like to put my hand in with the fish and pet them...they don't care..they are too busy eating....However on this day...there was a...

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Shark at Rusty II

I love seeing how close we can get to the white-tip reef sharks. This shark was resting at one of the wrecks at our local dive site Tortuga. Sitting at 70ft during low tide...Just a few minutes boat ride from Playa del Coco. Beautiful animals. Such a rush of...

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Happiness is Turtle Happiness

Happiness is Turtle Happiness...It is quite common to find turtles while scuba diving or snorkeling in the Gulf of Papagayo. This young hawks bill turtle was happily munching goodies from the rocks at Monkey Head dive site when we came along. He did not mind at all...

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Flatworm

In Honor of World's Ocean Day.... Here is a video of a flatworm that I found the other day at Virador, one of our beautiful local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo. I was excited as I have only seen a couple of these creatures in the twenty years that I have been...

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Gruntnado

All scuba divers LOVE Fishnados…This one is a Gruntnado. So cool how the fish form shapes and then in unison change the shapes. Emerging into the school

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Weird Fish at Punta Ballena

You never know what sort of critters you will see in the Gulf of Papagayo while scuba diving. We found this critter laying out in the open at one of our local dive sites...Punta Ballena. I believe it is a type of stargazer. I have only seen this fish less than twenty...

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The Incredible Critters We See in The Sea

The incredible critters that we see while scuba diving in the Gulf of Papagayo is amazing...Really hard to decide what to post first. While on our safety stop we got to see these really cool clusters of chordates floating in the water. Chordates are in the tunicates...

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Hanging Ten With a Turtle at Tortuga

Surprises, surprises. Scuba diving is full of surprises...This was the second turtle we saw at this dive site...Tortuga...One of our many awesome local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo. The first turtle was a small hawks bill...only about a foot long...But this...

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Shark Alley, Catalina Islands

Playing with the surge and the sharks in Shark Alley is pretty sweet. Shark Alley is a narrow channel situated at the beginning of the dive in La Pared, Los Catalina Islands. It is a pretty advanced area...we can't always go in there due to the strong surges...can be...

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Feel So Close to You Right Now

Playing in the surge and seeing how close you can get is an adrenaline rush. We found these white-tips resting in the sand. They did not seem to care that I was there. The surge got a little strong at one point and I got really close. Love the adventures of scuba...

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Spotted Tiger Snake Eel

Since this morning we had the chance to see a yellow bellied sea snake on the beach in Playa del Coco...I though I would share this video of the spotted tiger snake eel. Eels are a type of elongated fish found in both marine and freshwater... Eels have gills and...

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School of Grunts at Bajo Tiburones

What diver does not enjoy playing in a school of grunts? They are so beautiful and if you approach them slowly you can merge with their school and become one with the fish. I love the shiny golden tinge on their faces. www.sirenasdivingcostarica.com ¿A qué buceador no...

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Sharks at BAJO Tiburones

I love moseying around at the dive sites and finding the sharks resting in the sand beds. We are fortunate to have so many locations in the Gulf of Papagayo to see these beautiful animals. Happiness is scuba diving with sharks 🙂 Me encanta explorar los sitios de...

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Devil Ray Happiness

Happiness is hanging out with a devil ray for your safety stop. He came so close to us that we could see his eyes and also noticed the white tip on his dorsal fin by his tail. Pure awesomeness! www.sirenasdivingcostarica.com La felicidad es salir con un rayo del...

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Tiburones en la Pared de Palmares

La Pared at Palmares is one of my favorite local dive sites. Lots of sand beds and rock walls to explore and the sharks like taking a nap there. When the visibility is good it is fun to skim the tops of the rock formations at forty feet and look down to the depths of...

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Smack of Jellies

Smack of Jellies. A group of dolphins is called a pod, a group of fish is called a school, and a group of crows is called a murder. But what is a group of jellyfish called? Many refer to groups of jellyfish as blooms or swarms, but they can also be called a "smack."...

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A Magic Carpet of a Ray

A magic carpet of a ray. Rays are like magic carpets...Especially as they glide down in front of you...beside you or underneath you. As we were completing the PADI open water training dive four we found this little round ray and then we noticed a nice sized male...

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King Angels and Butterfly Barbers

King Angels and Butterfly Barber fish love to feast on the purple eggs of the sergeant major fish. It is a feeding frenzy. In this video we are scuba diving in the shallows of Argentina Point, located in the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica...Just a few minutes boat ride...

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Green Seahorse

It is pretty common to find seahorses at most of our dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica...It may be common, but it is not easy. I was told by an expert seahorse finder that you have to feel their presence. So...you feel their presence and then you look...

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Southern Rays at Virador

Virador dive site is one of our local dive sites in the Gulf of Papagayo. The site has several cleaning stations and is a perfect place to see lots of rays. These rays were seen at the beginning of the dive in only 30ft of water...so perfect for beginners. The site...

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