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The Shore Dive

I did some snorkeling and then another scuba dive. This one was a shore dive rather than a boat dive. The downside of a shore dive is that you have to carry your tanks from a truck down to the shore and into the water. Worse, you carry them up after a longish swim. The upside is that you get down to depth more slowly as you follow the seabed down, and my ears didn't suffer at all while equalizing.

The dive did start oddly, with us in freshwater springs that made for a halocline. The resulting lack of visibility resembled turbulence, but it was just the mixing of salt and fresh.

And in my case, you dive within a few hundred yards of a mother whale and her calf. Visibility was about 60 feet, so we didn't see them underwater, but I heard the mother and calf singing and speaking the whole time I was underwater. It's an unmistakable sound, and made a heck of a soundtrack for diving.

Recent sea life spotted: a swarm of needlefish, a trumpetfish, a razor fish, nine sea turtles, and the usual assortment of colorful stripes and spots, including the reef trigger fish. The razor fish is an odd one, apparently a very rare breed, with a sort of horn or lure projecting from its forehead. The other divers were very excited by this one, but I didn't know what all the fuss was about until we got to the surface.


Mar. 2nd, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I think it had to be the whales, because I saw them from the shore, and they were too loud to be anything else. They definitely use audible human frequencies.

I have a camera I could use underwater, but the light isn't great and learning how to compensate would take some time. I'm mostly going to enjoy the dive. For now, I'll leave photography to someone else, but I'd like to learn it for the future.

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