It is a Saturday morning and I know that most of you are probably still in bed (well, those without little children who don’t care what day of the week it is… they get up at 6:30 AM no matter if their mom or dad stayed up till midnight the night before. Remember when midnight didn’t seem that late? Or when 6:30 AM seemed ridiculously early? I can… but only just. Now, I say to my girlfriends “I stayed up way too late last night.” “What time did you go to bed?” they will ask. “About 10:30PM.” I mean, when did that happen??) Anyway… breakfast is done, nappies are changed, Emma (our puppy) has been out, the boats have been prepped and the divers have left.
Chris is looking after Little K for a moment and I thought that I would take the opportunity to share some photos with you. You see, this past week I have been out twice as a private underwater photographer for two sets of people. One was a brother/sister pair from the west coast and the other was a dad / daughter pair from the east coast. All were really great people. The first set has asked that they not be mentioned on Facebook or my post but Mackenzie and her dad, Robert, are quite happy to be on Facebook and the blog.
Now… I would like to mention here that I sometimes forget that people aren’t on Facebook but do read my blog. I mean, c’mon people, who isn’t on Facebook these days? You see, I suppose I have been rather slack with the blog lately, BUT I am really good at posting to Facebook. Then people like Robert (Mackenzie’s dad) come along and they tell me that they have read through loads of the blog:
“So, was that blond guy on the boat today the one that got in trouble for not calling his mom?” (This is reference to a post I made last year!) he asked me.
“No, that’s Steve. The blog was about Dave, they guy with the shaggy blond hair over there.”
So, I thought it would only be appropriate to write a blog today!
Mackenzie and her dad are originally from South Salem, which is pretty close to my hometown of Croton-on-Hudson, NY in Westchester, but they now live in Florida. Robert and his family have been coming to St Martin for years and always stay in the Grand Case Beach Club. Mackenzie was a model student, great diving skills, and great attitude. Robert wanted me to come out and take photos to capture the final two certification dives.
We went to New Reef first and then Turtle for the second dive. Turtle Reef was just amazing, one of those days where the water is just that perfect blue color. There were schools of fish everywhere and as it was the last dive of the day the rays of sun where coming in at an angle, giving it this ethereal feel.
One of my favorite parts of the dive was when Walt called me over to show me a little remora that had decided to make it’s home on Roberts leg.
According to Wikipedia:
“The remoras (/ˈrɛmərəs/, scientific name Echeneidae), sometimes called suckerfishes, are a family of ray-finned fish in the order Perciformes. They grow to 30–90 cm (0.98–3.0 ft) long, and their distinctive first dorsal fins take the form of a modified oval sucker-like organ with slat-like structures that open and close to create suction and take a firm hold against the skin of larger marine animals. By sliding backward, the remora can increase the suction, or it can release itself by swimming forward. Remoras sometimes attach to small boats. They swim well on their own, with a sinuous, or curved, motion.”
Sometimes when diving remoras decide to attach themselves to a special diver, today this was Robert. Walt didn’t really know how to explain this to Robert, and I was only interested in taking a photo before it swam away. Robert was a little worried, like “what is going on? Is my leg okay?” It was so hard to get a good shot of the remora as it kept swimming to the other side of Roberts leg every time I got closer. Then it became really hard to get a photo because my mask was full of water. The reason my mask was full of water was because I was laughing so much. You see, as I was taking photos the remora kept moving, so I just kept moving as well. The remora made it’s way up Robert’s body and it suddenly occurred to me that I had just taken several photos of Robert’s crotch, and he had no idea what was going on! I do have a very wide angle lens on my camera…
I stopped, cleared my mask, caught my breath and motioned to Robert to look at his knee. Then it all became clear.
Here is a better, more appropriate photo of the remora.
The rest of the dive was still amazing, and Turtle Reef really delivered. One of my favorite dive sites when it is like that. I could just watch the schools of fish all day long. Enjoy the photos![Gallery not found]