The morning was crisp, a chill was in the air and I seriously considered staying in my warm bed. I got up though, since one of my very good friends, Cindi T, just finished her certification and was anxious to get in the water and get some dives in before heading back to AZ. The ocean is hard to find out there, although they have sand, which is a good start.
We headed out onto the deep boat with DJ at the helm, Molly the awesome mate and Shivering Dale along as the guide/DM. Jeff the awesome instructor was there with a few students and we headed out bright and early to see what we could see.
The group dove the Spiegel Grove first, and from all accounts a great time was had. Good vis, not a lot of current and a relaxing dive. Cindi and I sat that one out, as we were only doing the Benwood yesterday.
When we got to the benwood, we had a fantastic time. Nice visibility, very little current and lots of life out there. We saw schools of yellowtail snapper, some trumpet fish, trunk fish, and most interestingly; a huge midnight parrotfish that was darting in and out of his hiding place. He was kind enough to stop and let me get some photos of him. I think we take parrotfish for granted sometimes in our quest to see bigger, better stuff in the ocean, but they really are a gorgeous fish and can be impressive in size. Have you ever heard a school of them munching away at a piece of coral? It is really a unique experience.
That’s it for yesterday’s dives- if you’re debating getting out there to dive, remember this:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
I look forward to this afternoon when Captain Zach, Josh and Jardin will take us on an adventure with 2 shallow dives.