Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Back from the South

We're back from South Point. The captain told us that the winds and currents had been such that they hadn't been able to get down there for a few weeks. The sites down there were very interesting from a geological standpoint, as it is the endpoint for many old lava flows. We swam in, around, and under arches, through lava tubes, and past twisty rock formations. There isn't much coral down here, but I've been having fun looking in nooks and crannies for animals and testing my swimming and buoyancy skills. The hot lava from Kilauea is miles away, so no worries about that.

On one dive I encountered the most beautiful crabs. They were about 4" across, gorgeous, brightly multi-colored, and scuttled away when I shined my light on them. Remember the Scintillating Jeweled Scuttling Crabs from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? These were just how I imagined them!

Scuba makes me ravenous. Partly from thermal-loss calorie burn, partly from seeing shrimp, lobster, snapper, and other delicious critters. The food has been pleasant, very homey. After dinner we often hang out as a group in the salon, looking at photos taken during the day. There's a huge bowl full of chocolate on the coffee table, which mysteriously refills itself each night. We've taken to calling it the miraculous chocolate bowl.

After dinner we had a nice night dive. Night dives used to freak me out, but tonight was fun! Saw MASSIVELY HUGE LOBSTERS, slipper lobsters, shrimp, nudibranchs, a "gumdrop," two Spanish Dancers (they look like oversized nudibranchs), a snake eel, several eels, and generally just enjoyed swimming around.

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