“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:
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.