Blast from April 2017…The other day I had forgotten my camera on the boat, so the battery was dead. My amiga said…ahhhh, sometimes it is nice to not bother with a camera, I agreed and we jumped into the water. We had a most beautiful dive. We started the dive at a different area of Tortuga dive site. I was a bit lost, so we just mosied all over the place…then all of a sudden I recognized where we were…we did the dive site backwards. Pretty cool! At the end of the dive, while we were hanging out at the top of the rocks for our safety stop, I spotted an octopus that was puffed out and changing colors. Very cool! I like watching them change their colors…trying to look big and bad. Then it tried to swim while inflated, with its legs puffed out…it could only swim with the tips of its tentacles…it was hilarious looking. Then as I watched, the octopus rolled over and I could see why it was puffed out like that and swimming with the tips of its tentacles…the octopus was trying to eat a puffer and the puffer was inflated. I started laughing so hard, my mask was flooding! The octopus was having a hard time swimming while holding on to that puffer. So, in the end I had to come up because we were all low on air. This image is forever on my brain…for my eyes only. Wish I was more artistic and could draw this image, but since I’m not, you will have to close your eyes and try to imagine for yourselves. By the way…I am pretty sure I saw the same octopus trying to eat another puffer later in the month. The puffer was stuck on the wall and when I went to investigate, I found that the puffer was actually stuck to an octopus in a crack on the wall.
From November through March I am blessed to dive with many friends. A lot of them are snow-merfolk escaping the chilling winters of Canada and some of them are from Chepe (San Jose). All feeling the need to get some nitrogen and get their gills wet. I thoroughly enjoy diving with these friends. I also enjoy incorporating new merfriends into our group of family and friends diving such as Sirena Laura. She had not dove in many years and was joining us for snorkeling. We convinced her to try the discover scuba for a quick refresh and she logged lots of fun dives, including advanced dives. She completed her advanced training certification during her visit. Looking forward to her return. I treasure the moments we all dive together.
The water this March has been a bit chilly…going anywhere from 60-75 degrees. Some days the water is cold and clear… some days it is dark and cold…rich with plankton…like a night dive. Due to these conditions the stars of the month have been the rays…we have been seeing them everywhere plus we are seeing many other different interesting animals that we don’t normally see. The colder, nutrient rich waters bring up the flounders, popeye fish, electric bullseye rays, guitar rays (with and without batteries), and shovel rays. Diving in red tide can be very interesting, beautiful and mystical.
I love diving in this area…after all these years and all the dives I have done here…I am still entertained and never bored with the diving in the Gulf of Papagayo. Hope you enjoy my stories and continue to follow my adventures.