Over, Under, and Through (Part Two)

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef – NASA

In part one, our intrepid travellers drove the left lane through New Zealand, and dove with the right gear under its waters.  We were about to take a flight on which there was a muscular, cricket bat wielding passenger over the ocean to Cairns, Australia.  It’s worth mentioning: this was a flight where the alcohol was flowing free and easy.

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Dancing With An Octopus

Enteroctopus Dofleini - Giant Pacific Octopus Photo by Kirt L. Onthank - wikipedia commons
Enteroctopus Dofleini – Giant Pacific Octopus
Photo by Kirt L. Onthank – wikipedia commons

The Pacific Northwest is home to the largest octopus species in the world, enteroctopus dofleini.  These creatures are generally shy and retiring; most of the time you need to diligently search cracks and overhangs to find one and you’ll get but a partial glimpse.   On this particular day I encountered a specimen that was anything but shy.

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A Dark and Soggy Night

It was dark.

Inky dark.  The kind of dark where you can’t see your hand in front of your nose if you don’t have a light. Fortunately I was equipped to split the dark with a small sliver of light.

I was drenched.  This was not a surprise, as there was 45 feet of ocean above me and I was protected only by my wet suit and other scuba gear.  In addition to the aforementioned light I had a backup, just in case the primary burnt out, ran down, or got flooded.  A three foot barracuda briefly swam into my sliver of light, showing a toothy grin. Continue reading “A Dark and Soggy Night”