We awoke this
morning, to blue skies and sunshine; today was going to be a good day. It had
rained so hard yesterday that the cushions on the port side of the saloon got
9.00 am, we all
suited up for the first dive of the day. Today was going to be the day, the end
of my quest was in sight.
Within 3 minutes of
rolling off the boat into the water, Nick (our dive master cum Cap’n Ron look
alike) gave the signal we had all been waiting for…….a seahorse!!! This
information is communicated by imitating riding a horse (looks quite silly, but
then so do a lot of the signals for the fish we see
We all swam over
quickly. Sure enough there he/she (not sure if they are hermaphrodites) was in
all its glory. The conditions weren’t brilliant, visibility was impaired and
there was a lot of surge, so staying stable long enough to get a shot and
getting close enough was difficult.
I took 3 shots and
swam off to look at a lizard fish Bill had found, before returning to take
another couple of shots, just in case.
The rest of the dive
was a bit of an anti-climax, apart from seeing 3 big lobsters all sharing the
In fact, when we were
back aboard the dive boat Bill commented that as soon as we saw the sea horse
the dive was all but over. True, but it was worth it!
The rest of the day
was spent busying ourselves with boat chores. Bill and I winched Roger up the
mast, so that we could calibrate the Windex which sits atop the mast (whilst it
was telling us the wind speed, it wasn’t giving the correct direction). That
done Bill and I lowered Roger down in a stop-go fashion, so that he could do a
full check of the rigging.
I then shot off to
get the propane tank filled while Roger did other ‘stuff’ on the
So it is only now
that I have managed to download my photos. They are not the best photos, but I
am not going to beat myself up. I saw the sea horse and you have the photo to
look at, mission accomplished. Oh yes and guess what? IT’S RAINING AGAIN!!!! We
are so glkad that we didn’t come here in the rainy season. J.