Diving In The Deep *Open Thread*


“Diving” one’s head under with the continued news of the Trump actions as he prepares to lead the nation, and the continued uproar by those on the other side, is something that seems mighty appealing at times. I mean, really – meeting with Al Gore on Human-made Climate Change? The man whose Chicken little “documentary” has proved to be erroneous in a host of ways? Oh, yeah – THAT sets a tone, especially since Trump’s daughter was there, too. What the heck?

I have to say, if this was Hillary bringing Chelsea along, Republicans would be screaming – you know they would. So yeah, Trump having his daughter and son-in-law, Democrats both, being so engaged in this whole thing is interesting, to say the least. Hell, this whole Transition/Cabinet thing has been “interesting.”

Yeah, about that diving thing…This is the perfect opportunity to share with you some videos Suzy took diving in Grand Cayman for those of us who just can’t even with all of this Trump/anti-Trump stuff . And those of you experiencing pre-Winter snowfalls should know that the temperature during the day there was in the 80’s and the water temperature was around 80 degrees – at 100 feet. Yep – it is mighty nice down there!

First up is a shark encounter with a nurse shark. I asked Suzy if she was ever scared when the sharks come around. I mean, i have seen a nurse shark snorkeling, though it was not coming toward me or around me. She said no – not at all. Okey dokey! Here is the nurse shark:

Wow, right? But wait – that is not all. Then there was a reef shark that paid a visit:

And you can see how excited all of the other divers are by this sighting, since they essentially form a run for the shark through which to swim.

Ironically, after this whole event, some other owners at the resort told us that when they had been diving, a young reef shark grabbed the fin of one of them. He thought it was his wife messing around, but no! It was the shark – small, but still – and then it went toward the wife. They abandoned their safety stop (you have to stop on your ascent back to the surface for some time so you don’t get the bends). Even though it was only about 4 feet long, it was still a shark, after all. Holy moly.

How about something we don’t find as menacing? (thanks, “Jaws” – after that movie, people have completely freaked out about sharks as if they aren’t in the ocean all the time).  Like a cute sea turtle and an angel fish:

I find it so peaceful watching the sea turtle swim, like watching stingrays “fly” under water.

But something I find less “peaceful” are eels. Especially moray eels. Check it out:

Uh, yeah. I said to Suzy after I saw this that she was TOO CLOSE to this eel! Eels have very poor vision. They strike first, and ask questions later. She assured me she was not that close, but yeah, right – I ain’t buying what she’s selling!

Whew. How about something that is just flat out beautiful? That would be this Queen Triggerfish:

Isn’t that fish just beautiful? And how about the way it swims? Apparently, there is an entire classification for fish who swim that way. Gorgeous.

Finally, for the videos anyway, is this adorable burrfish. They always remind Suzy and me of puppies:

So, so cute.

These videos are taken from between 50 – 100 feet under the water. There is so much going on under there. The reefs comprise a very small amount of the ocean, but the habitat they provide for a variety of marine life is astonishing.

Speaking of coral, check out this pillar coral Suzy saw:

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Beautiful, isn’t it? And all those little nooks and crannies provide havens for all kinds of marine life.

Finally, here I am snorkeling, using my brand new Christmas present full face mask. And yes, this is the ocean – it is so clear you might think it is a pool, but no. This is the real deal:


It was an amazing adventure, and there will be more to come soon.

I am in Carlsbad, CA for the week, getting in late last night for an East Coast girl. But I am around, looking out across the road to the Pacific Ocean. I will be checking in pretty regularly. Well,  maybe not so much today since my dear friend, Gina, is coming to visit for the day. But otherwise, I’ll be around.

I hope you all have a great day. This is an Open Thread.


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17 Responses to “Diving In The Deep *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    What amazing videos! I watched all of them except the eels. I don’t like eels and when I found that Brits eat them, and have for centuries I became less of an Anglophile that I had been. And don’t tell me they taste like chicken!

    I love water but have never had any desire to get under it. My idea of being around the water these days is sitting on the beach with a good book and enjoying the scenery. I still do like to swim but only where my feet can touch the bottom. And as I shrink nearly hourly that will soon be in a blow-up kiddie pool in the back yard.

    You seem to be having a wonderful time and that’s the whole point isn’t it?

    Suzy is way too brave. Sharks and Moray eels? Holy Cow!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I don’t like eels, either. My college roommate laughed at me for being afraid of eels since I grew up in Charlotte. She noted that it wasn’t as if they are swimming up and down the road. Still, something abt them I just do not like, though I have a very healthy respect for them!

      For the most part, reading is what I do, too, when there. The snorkeling is so easy though – especially since Suzy pulls me along – ahahaha. You can only snorkel inside the reef anyway, so it isn’t like you’ll go floating out to see. It is crystal clear water there – and just teeming with life. It is so cool watching all of these different kinds of fish, seeing the different corals, all of that. Love it. Just can’t do too much of it between my shoulders/knees.

      ROTFLMAO abt the kiddie pool – you are too funny!

      That Suzy is brave – she said she is not scared at all down there. She is only 2 dives short of the Green Shorts Challenge at Ocean Frontiers – 55 dive sites. She has gone to many more sites than that, but a number of them are repeats. Some are hard to get to depending on weather. Next May she’ll get her Green Shorts for sure, along with a brass plaque on the sidewalk: https://oceanfrontiers.com/green-short-challenge.html

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    How’s this for karma?

    Trump Picks Up Dozens of Votes in Wisconsin Recount

    The recount effort underway in Wisconsin is turning out to have some disappointing results for former Green Party nominee Jill Stein and former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    By the end of the fifth day, and after more than 1 million votes were recounted, Trump grew his lead by just over two dozen votes.


  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    One of the big complaints about Trump is his appointment of Ben Carson to HUD. “He’s not qualified”, screams the media and all the #NeverTrumpers. No he’s not. But look at the mess those who are qualified have made.

    Look at the billions of dollars wasted on programs that do nothing to lift anyone out of poverty but instead funds their living on the dole for another generation so that they vote for liberals.

    Ben Carson came out of that poverty. Maybe he’s knows something about it all the experts and pundidiots and their fauxrage don’t.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent points, Marge – Carson DOES know what it is like to live in poverty, and these other bozos have indeed made a mess of it all. He couldn’t do any worse, right?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That’s what I think. Experts have screwed things up so bad that maybe someone that knows the subject first hand but has no “experience” might do better than them. At least people in those areas may be more willing to listen to him knowing he knows what it’s like.

        I am listening to Steve Deace’s podcast right now and he made the point that Carson made an ass of himself during the election but he lived 63 years before that and in that time he worked himself out of poverty into being one the best, if not the best, neurosurgeons in the world.

        For the sake of all those who need someone that wants to help them out of their circumstances not pay them to poor and vote Democrat he may have some answers. I certainly hope so.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That is a great point abt Carson. He didn’t rise to being the head of Neurology at Johns Hopkins by being dumb, after all. As frustrating as he became during the election, especially siding with Trump after the nasty things Trump said abt him (though that seems to be par for the course with all of them now), there is no doubt he is brilliant. Nice change to have someone smart at the helm of something like HUD..

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Michigan AG Files Lawsuit Against Jill Stein’s ‘Frivilous’ Recount Effort

    Schuette’s lawsuit calls Stein’s effort “dilatory and frivolous” given the failed presidential candidate’s admission that she has no evidence of fraud or widespread errors occurring in the state’s voting process. The attorney general said he also filed an emergency motion with Michigan’s Supreme Court “to bypass the Court of Appeals to ensure a timely process.”


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      DANG – ain’t THAT something?? Clearly, it IS frivolous, so yeah – time for these people to stop wasting the time and energy of all of these states already. What’s done is done.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      From everything I have seen, people really like this man – smart, erudite, a Marine’s Marine, and strong. Not bad characteristics!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He seems to be a good choice. Did Trump make it by accident or on purpose? Was it his choice or one suggested to him? Who knows? I just like the choice based on reading a lot of good things about him. And we NEED a Marine’s Marine at the DOD not some social justice warrior.

  6. piper Says:

    Cool vacation – luv the photo of you swimming with the fish.

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