At the dock a manatee stopped by, than we carefully made our way out of the slip. We saw the thrashing of a hammerhead feeding on a school in the shallows of the narrow channel as we headed to the ocean. I put the boat in neutral and watched him for a bit moving with power and grace. We swam with a small nurse shark in the morning. In the afternoon we came upon two turtles who where flirting together, they both stayed with us for some time, it was truly awesome. On our way in we saw dolphins, they sure seem so happy I guess it is really neat here in Key West. As we headed in we looked up into the sky today and saw a rainbow around the sun.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Snorkeling in extremely clear Atlantic water we were able to see so much, feeling the comfortable warm water surrounding you. You are totally in touch with a huge aquarium of fish, all around you. A nurse shark was chilling out on the bottom today, we stoped to say hi to him. Fishing was awesome, lots of big hungry fish about.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
We made our way out the channel on the Delphine, spotted a nurse shark lounging on the bottom lounging in sleeping mode and a few spotted eagle rays crossing a sand flat, busy flapping to someplace. I knew than it was going to be a grand day. What fun it was snorkeling the reef, it was super clear and warm, just fabulous. Later on fishing was a ball, we landed a barracuda which just about wore out a couple, they doubled teamed, this powerful cuda running like a scolded dog with nearly a full spool of fishing line going out after him, then next we hauled in a green monster.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Look at this picture I took from the bow of the boat, we are looking down over the side of the Delphine, its over 26 foot deep and it was amazing how clear and calm it was. We could see a nice little ledge that a grouper was hang out under. Snorkeling was great, Donta brought a spear gun and he went hunting, catching fish. Snorkeling, boating enjoying the ultimates, we had a ball.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Porpoises played at the bow when we made our way through the tranquil sea, we then jumped in at the reef to find a spotted eagle ray swimming around us. The visibly was so good as I looked out and peered down at my dive watch to see the temperature and noted it was 78 degrees in the water. From the stern I admired the ocean, peering through the clear blue I could see our anchor clearly 25 feet down. This was a truly awesome day as we enjoyed the oceans relaxed transparent comfortableness. We hooked many fish, one big nurse shark who we all watched freak out once we hooked him. All my shipmates and I peering down through the transparent sea watching this huge fish thrash about. --------------------CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE----------
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Its just incredible the fun snorkeling can be when the clear blue water comes in and brilliant fish become thick around the massive living reef. The fish were plentifully, three black groupers were caught and one nurse shark that was awesome fun. To interact with a real character and a bit of a show off was going on, see the pic at the photo op. We all loved his company and we all hope to meet again for some nurse shark human bounding fun another day.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
We had a ball snorkeling, all the fish came to the reef today. Its so much fun skimming along checking out these spectacular living coral structures, the joy and comfort they bring to fish and us is overwhelming. We hooked up with tons of fish, towards the end of the trip there was something big on the line, it was snagged on something so I jumped in a few minutes later to find and it was a large shark. He had wrapped our fishing line on some jagged coral on the ocean floor. I dove down to the bottom quickly freed it up as I looked at him with the line in hand he pulled at the line like a dog on a leash pulling me. This wise nurse shark pulling me along headed us right into a cavern with two entrances, I thought about getting the rod off the boat swimming it through the cavern and getting this smart ass shark ,as I looked down at him he coughed and yanked out the fish happily fleeing. Oh well we saved the fish worked out great for a thrilled tarpon that we hand feeding later by some of my shipmates.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I had a diving class and did three tank. I went out to see the Adolf's bush a 1oo ft down wreck.and a near by reef, two sides. Really fun when a fellow diver assisted me by blocking in one side of cavern and the Goliaths (he was trapped in the large cavern) only other way out was through me. I quickly caught on and we had massive fish trapped between us, he pinged the water pretty loud with a underwater noise they use for protection. He looked mighty confused, almost head butted me to get out, really fun to be head to head with one of these gigantic fish defiantly some of my most memorable highlights of ocean experiences.