Its Not Just Diving
Taking a scuba trip is not just all about the diving, it´s an adventure that starts as soon as we set sail from the marina.
Sailing past the luxury yachts and sailboats in the marina is very cool. Most of us can only dream about owning a yacht or sailboat like these. But when we pull up to the marina gas station with these yachts, I am pleased that we don´t have to fill their tanks up.
Setting out for our destination, there is always something to amuse us.
The bay is busy with schools of fish flapping at the surface. Over that past week, we have also seen everything from dolphins and giant manta´s to a mother and her baby humpback whale.
We have dived every site in the bay this past week, but my favourite dive was at Majahuitas, due to its diversity.
The fish here are always plentiful, and there are exotic underwater creatures including a large number of garden eels, along with huge moray eels, rays and octopus. It is the octopus that steal the show.
These bizarre but highly intelligent creatures are a natural wonder. Anything this clever does not deserve to be eaten. Before I dived, or understood how intelligent octopi are, I ate them. But now I discourage doing anything to them, apart from observing from a distance. Let’s face it.
They are really chewy and taste a lot like chicken, so why not eat chicken? They are not very smart and any fool can cook them!
Another great creature that I adore has returned over the past 2 weeks, in the shape of the mighty seahorses.
These adorable fish have the head of a horse, the tail of a monkey and the pouch of a kangaroo and can change colour like a chameleon.
The courting couple at the Los Arcos site are very sweet and always wrapped up in each other.
They must be shy though, because as soon as I get my camera out, they split up.
Another cool thing about these sweeties is that each of their eyes moves independently from the other.
This is a useful skill to have indeed. You can look at your mate, and make sure no one is coming to eat you, all at the same time!
All in all, this week has been a lot of fun in, and on, the ocean.
By Sue Keevil