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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Still Game

They've let me loose on the contents page of the March edition of Sport Diver and on page 48 again, the fools, the poor mad deluded fools.........BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

You'll probably recognise it as the statue of Amphitrite from Sunset House with my faithful companion, Spot, who regularly accompanies me on dives there and frequently gets in front of the lens as well.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sister Ray

It's that time of year again when friends, family and relatives are visiting and we make the pilgrimage once again to Stingray Sandbar to play with our adopted family. Conditions weren't bad this evening with a 10 knt. NE wind which made the conditions a little lumpy up top and a little turbid down below but we still had a nice time and the cat wasn't too crowded either.

It's always a pleasure to interact with these gentle creatures and it's even better to hear that the numbers are on the rise again after a decline over the last few years.

We got a little bit of video footage as well but not a lot as our resident camera woman was half asleep...........

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

People are strange

It's the end of an era, this is the final dive with the current line-up of the Divers World all-stars as Miss Leslie has moved on to pastures new to flourish, grow and do even more walrus impersonations. However I'm sure she will be able to take time out of her hectic (ha!) schedule to come and dive with us in the future.

Today was a brisk 27C in the water, which is about right for this time of year with a mild 10 knots Easterly. It wasn't too long a dive as Jill had National Trust duties to perform, so it was a shallow hunt for the little stuff.

Gobies and blennies were frolicking over the corals and hardpan, skipping gaily as the sun rose overhead, the dive boats starting their engines and pondering on what the day will bring.

There was also a little smattering of banded jawfish to greet dawn and us, the divers, as we wafted through the beautiful briny on the hunt for the elusive and evasive.

Jill and Leslie had a turtle to play with for about 20 minutes or so but I was off busy elsewhere playing with the little folk. Plenty of yellow spotted rays glided effortlessly over the golden sea of sand, like flags flying in a gentle breeze.

This also included the occasional tang who looked as though it had been through the wars but survived to tell the tale, a living reminder to all other fish that danger lurks at every corner (and other such dramatic statements).

The last few minutes of the safety stop were spent with a lovely old giant moray who was more than happy to share his personal space with my camera and I as we frittered and wasted the seconds in an offhand way, waiting for someone or something to show us the way.

Till the next time, dive safe as always.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Ribbon in the sky

A great day to dive as the weather turned abruptly afterwards, so timing was with us today. The water temp was down to 27 C. mind you with this being winter time and all but that didn't stop the good times. There were huge shoals of fusiliers, barjacks and blue chromis, it was like swimming through ribbons of multi coloured light and explosions of underwater fireworks.

We also a wonderful array of turtles out there that to came to play with us with their entourage in tow in some instances. If I remember rightly, there were five turtles at different times hanging around. It's nice to see that they haven't all been poached and killed which is unfortunately still very much a thing here.

For dive number two I didn't get too lucky on finding the small stuff this time around. I always seem to struggle a bit at this site for macro stuff, however enough excuses. I did manage to find a flamingo tongue cowrie wandering the sand which was nice to see as the only time I've ever seen them is when they're attached to coral or sponge.

Macro deficit aside, it was a great morning for diving and still good to be in the water and forget the hubbub and tumult of everyday life. After all if you don't have diving, what do you have?

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Mellow Yellow

And the results for the Yellow Pages Cover contest are in.........and I didn't win. They were looking for something to reflect the cultural heritage of the islands. I thought scuba diving reflected all nations, creeds and colours? :-D

Anyway, I did get two shots into the finals, one being of Jill in the water and the other a macro shot of a bee. They're peppered throughout the Yellow Pages about 40 or so times in various sizes and aspect ratios, so you can't miss them. Print quality isn't the best, but it's the Yellow Pages, not Sport Diver. Originals down beneath the YP example if you're interested.

Maybe next year I'll do some underwater shots of involving chickens and iguanas, that should cover all the bases............

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Ruby Tuesday

Well they finally did it. After years of searching, scientists have finally found the first living ruby seadragon. This is the third species of seadragon and up until now the only place ruby seadragons have been found is in museums.

Link: HERE

"Previously, scientists had thought sea dragons were distinguished by long, wispy, leaf-like appendages. This feature helped name the two other species in existence — the leafy sea dragon and the common sea dragon (also known as the weedy sea dragon).
But the ruby sea dragon lacks these, bearing a far greater resemblance to a sea dragon relative, the seahorse."

 "Upon seeing the animal in the wild without the same plant-like growths as other sea dragons, the team concluded the ruby sea dragon may have lost them somewhere along the evolutionary timeline."


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Stayin Alive

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017. So after being forced out of the water for the last 3 months and consultations with the "specialist" (I use that term loosely as I got a distinct felling he was more about the money rather than assisting me), I've decided to get back in the water anyway and see what happens.

As it turned it, it wasn't as traumatic as I imagined it would be and I'm still alive. It's not all perfect though as I'm going to re-acclimate and work round a few issues but several dives into 2017 things can only go up from here on in.

Diving at LHP was more a testing ground rather than a full blown macro hunt but I still managed to get on or two half decent shots, despite everything else going on.

And this happy little chappy we found by pure accident, which is always the way when you're not actually looking for anything.

And as always I would be remiss if I didn't add in a few blennies in for good measure.

And a little golden tail moray to round things off. With any luck I'll be back in the water again on Sunday with a few more images. Sport Diver has a few more of my bits and pieces to publish over the next few months so keep an eye out for them.