Dive No. 847/848 Octopus & Co
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2003/07/09 22:18  
  ȸ : 5361  
     
  Dive No. 847/848 - Little Munsom - Water 20C - Air 35C - fog - visibility 6-10m

It has been raining heavily the last week. We have not seen the sun for about a week, the sky is always grey and out of a sudden some heavy rain starts falling. The island is soaked and fog stands over the ocean allowing us to see no further than 50 meter sometimes.

I have been teaching a SCUBA DIVER course to Grant from South Africa for the last 5 days. We got wet before during and after our dives. Grant has shown great interest in diving and is "hooked" as he put it. Today we did the open water dives No. 4 and 5 at Munsom Islet, he did a very good job and I am happy that I had the chance to train him. Thorsten took the picture of Grant and me at Munsom today.

We saw huge schools of cardinalfish, damselfish and anchovy. Grant found 3 octopi in one spot, 2 of them rather big. One was lying around a fire coral in a way that it looked as if it were a rock and the coral were growing on the octopus. As I approached it I did not realize that it is something alive. I went there because Thorsten and Grant were waving at me but I saw the octopus only as I was less than half a meter away from it. Amazing camouflage ability!

Octopi are benthic, meaning they live on the bottom of the sea on rocks or coral reefs. Some build holes in the ground in which they live. Whenever I see a hole in the gravel with a few small stones arranged around the opening I look out for an octopus hiding in it. Many octopi are active at night and rare to spot during the daytime. They are wonderful creatures, it is a highlight of any dive for me to see one.

We all wanna see the sun. Safe diving

Ralf


 
     
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