Sea-ing Red

JJ stood on the ladder outside the boat, still dripping water from his scuba dive. His face took on a shade of green, and we were all startled when suddenly he hurled red over the side of the boat.

It’s unusual, but not unheard of for a diver to get sick, especially if the seas are rough. But they were calm this day, and seasick is no reason for red vomitus.  Repeated heaves gave the impression he was hacking up a lung, or trying to turn his guts inside out.  We were all, OMG, what the hell is going on, and what are we going to do about it?

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The giant Pacific octopus lurked within easy reach in a shallow hole, its large suckers giving away its strange existence.  I reached in to shake hands; first it retreated, then it wrapped its suckers around my fingertips with a firm grasp and began to pull me in.

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