I have finally gotten enough pictures from other people (despite my memory stick malfunctioning) to make a post about diving. So keep in mind that none of these pictures are mine.
I love diving here. It is far superior to Nahant, mostly because I don’t freeze when I go into the water and because of all the really awesome stuff there is to see here.
Thats me out in front, diving on the fore reef with Zach. The visibility of the water on the fore reef (that’s the slope of the reef facing the ocean-the outer edge) is amazing. You can look off of your boat and see straight to the bottom, fifty feet below. I am a little suprised that I don’t feel any sort of vertigo swimming fifty feet above the corals below. I guess the body knows it can’t fall in the water.
The fore reef has some cool wildlife (more on that later) but you get the best view of things in shallower water. This is because there is more light, so more color shows up. Also, there is probably a greater diversity of life in the shallow waters.
This is a giant clam. Some of them can truly get big, but most giant clams you see are about the size of your hand. They are apparently pretty tasty, so the big ones tend to get eaten. All of them are absolutely gorgeous though. They range in color from green to blue to yellow.
Thats a hawkfish, sitting on a piece of coral.
Here are a couple of lionfish. Some of the prettiest fish, but you certainly don’t want to bump into one. Fortunately, they are pretty noticeable.
Here we have a Moorish Idol, another fish with a very striking color pattern.
But I am saving the best for last…..something that I saw while diving on the fore reef. I was floating there under water, doing some science, and Zach points over at a sea turtle!
He just swam nearby us, munching on algae and minding his own business. The two people in this picture are our teachers and T.A.s, chasing around the turtle. Another T. A. is taking a picture. I am not sure who was keeping an eye on the students…..but then, its not as if I was watching the fish I was supposed to be watching either.