Saturday, February 23, 2013

Yesterday I was swimming with about 50 spinner dolphins about (the adults are 150 to 200 pounds each) and I felt nothing but excitement. A few minutes later, I swam over an eight-inch fish sitting in the coral inches from my face that I didn't see until I was right on top of him.  It started me enough that I laughed at myself through my snorkel.  Luckily, there was no one anywhere around to hear me. The fish was very happy to pose for a photo, so it turned out well, no matter how silly I felt for being frightened.

I don't recommend snorkeling alone.  Yes I've done it, but...it is always best to stay with your snorkeling partner for two reasons:

1.  If you get into trouble, you have someone there to help.
2.  If you see something cool, you can share the experience, which makes it better!

It isn't easy to understand what someone is saying when they are speaking with a tube in their mouth.  But we still try.  You would think that I could just lift my head, remove the snorkel, say something and then resume snorkeling, but in that short time, I can lose track of the fish I was trying to point out to Bill, we often use hand signs.

Here are the most frequent that we use.

  • Turtle - we just use the American Sign Language sign for turtle
  • Eel - arm moving like a snake
  • Crown of Thorns Starfish - one hand laying on top of another fingers spread.
  • Cold - wrapped arms across chest and shiver
  • Come here - a hand wave
  • Lots of pointing, accompanied by saying "look" into the snorkel.

And for shark, dolphin, and whale, we get so excited for those we just talk to each other.

Fish in Coral
Waiting for Lunch to Come By

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