In this blog I combine photos and videos of several dives. The dive at 1000 Steps stands out because of a friendly and curious sea turtle. After a user issue that caused the camera battery to die prematurely on that dive, my photography improved on the subsequent dives. Thank goodness the battery lasted long enough to document my swim of a lifetime with a green sea turtle!
After Sula got us started taking a big boat to a dive site, it became tradition to pile everyone and all their gear onto Livin’ Life. Our dinghy platform made a great staging area for the scuba gear. We were a full house. Our various dives included Wade and Hodges on Coco de Mer, Peter and Sally on Milly, Stu and Lesley on Sula, Steve on Slow Flight, Carl and Anny on Muse, Dave and Tracey on Ka’ Pai, and of course Dave and I. Let the good times roll!
I finally got to see a seahorse outside of an aquarium and it was the least photogenic creature ever. It looked out of focus in every picture and also looked like it needed to shake some sand off. The pictures of the green sea turtle are cute, but I also captured it on video. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
As soon as we dove off the back of the boat at the 1000 Steps dive site, this little sea turtle came to check us all out. It seemed really curious and stayed until we were all in and started off on the dive. It showed no fear and swam all through our group. For me, the dive was complete. I didn’t need to go any further. I had been waiting ever since we started cruising to swim with a sea turtle. Though I did sea them in the water with me before, they never came so close. This was amazing! Good thing I felt that way, because my camera died shortly thereafter. In fact, three or four cameras died on that dive, some for good. Bummer. Below is the last thing I captured before it died: just a video of us starting out.
I’m pretty proud of my pictures. They are getting better all the time. More and more are turning out well. Instead of discarding 90% and keeping 10%, 90% are now keepable images. Unfortunately, that means I end up with A LOT of images, but I’m loving it. I love going back through them and discovering all the different species we saw on our dives. This blog is picture and video overload, for which I apologize, but I wanted to share them all and not have diving blogs drag on for a week or two. I hope you enjoy them! I am especially proud of the octopus (most appearing below) and sea turtle photos. Both of which were very special moments for me.
I had so much video footage I wanted to share that I had to break it into two videos. In part one of my video collage, our diving group explores under the Salt Pier in Bonaire. We see huge schools of fish, most of them are quite tasty. But we were only shooting with cameras.
In part two of the diving video collage, we discovered an octopus that came out of hiding to eat. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Dave wiggled his fingers at it and it dramatically changed colors. I don’t want to ever leave Bonaire! I suggested we stay for a year at least.