It has been fun looking back at my past blog postings…Brought back lots of memories. Here is a post from May 2017…The water is warming up and the visibility looking good. We have been seeing lots of white-tip reef sharks and some nurse sharks at several of our local dive sites including Tortuga, Sorpresa, and Virador. It has been several years since I saw white-tips at Virador. Catalinas has also been a good place to see the sharks plus the high energy entertainment of the huge mantas AND we snorkeled with a sailfish. April was a month for seahorses plus a lot of other strange creatures. We had lots of fun and dove with some really cool people… Enjoy
Seahorses, caballitos del mar, are hard to find. My brother-in-law says,”You have to feel their presence.” We found several. One of our customers, Diana, found one snorkeling in front of Occidental Grand Papagayo.
While we were diving La Pared in Catalinas, I saw what I thought was the pinnacle at the end of the dive. I thought, WOW, we are already at the end of the dive site! Then I saw the pinnacle float and realized we were looking at a mountain of grunts. We had lots of fun playing in them.
The frogfish at Punta Gorda is growing fast and changing his colors from neon yellow to a mustard yellow. I hope he stays around for awhile. Turtles have to rest and it is dangerous for them to rest on the surface, so they have to wedge themselves under rocks or under debris so that they don’t float up to the surface. We found this sleepy turtle wedged under a rock at Argentina Point. He was just waking up and headed up to the surface for a breath of air. They can stay down several hours.
When the water was cold, we found lots of this blobby looking stuff. Sirena Ranelle actually found out that this is actually a nocturnal seaworm that sometimes comes out in the day to enjoy the warm water. Looked like jello made with a bunch of chia seeds. The arrow crabs were busy cleaning it. The arrow crabs had fuzzy legs. Leg warmers??
Pretty cool that Rusty II has a heart shaped hole on the port side of the wreck. We also found a heart shaped wreath of baby’s breath coral and puffers. Puffers are so adorable.
I had the opportunity to visit Drake Bay at the beginning of April with some of my best merfriends. I have wanted to visit there for many years. It was good to get away and go on a diving vacation…to be a customer. Got to dive with one of my former employees, Kike. Kike dive mastered for me several years ago when Diving Safaris was operating. He was a kid when he started working for me, it was good to see him all grown up and doing well. We had a fun and adventurous time. I finally got to see a crown of thorns starfish, they are big and very pretty. They have also been sited in our area, but in the nineteen years I have been diving in this area…I have never found one, I had only seen pictures.
This is what happens when you put your gopro on speed shoot and don’t realize it.
LOL, I took lots of pictures of me checking my air, letting air out of my inflater hose..etc. Pretty funny. I thought this was sort of a cool picture.