“Have you ever really wondered what it looks like down under? No, not Aussie land, I mean way down under… underneath the ocean?”
You can see the tiniest little creatures that you cannot even imagine exist!
Nudibranch – Modern Day Sea Slug
The photo above is of a nudibranch. Nudibranchs are a widespread and successful group of marine Gastropod mollusks. Their name means ‘naked gills’. They are shell-less Gastropods, famous for their brilliant colors and apparently there are more than 3000 known species. In the older days, they called them sea slugs.
And the colors, oh, the colors down under are amazing! I love the shimmering blues and greens underneath the ocean. I am a scuba diver, and some of the best times I have ever had in my life of travels is when I am under the sea or out on a boat skimming across the ocean.
Arrival into Belize City
We arrived in Belize City, Belize one night early from the day our “liveAboard” was supposed to depart. We chose (the now-defunct) Peter Hughes’s Sun Dancer liveaboard for our week-long scuba diving trip, with aspirations to see the famous Blue Hole of Belize. A liveaboard is what scuba divers live on for a week or more and they scuba dive 2-3 times a day, in case you have not heard of that word before.
Is it Really Hurricane Season?
I had heard rumors about it being hurricane season but hadn’t given it much thought when I booked the flights and the boat. At this point, it was too late, as we had already arrived. That night I felt a “spooky” feeling and so I did some snooping around on my computer only to find out that our boat was the newly installed Sun Dancer, since the capsizing of the Wave Dancer during a hurricane in October 2001. The Wave Dancer was the worst scuba diving disaster aboard a liveaboard that has ever occurred in scuba diving history with the death of 17 divers. Oh Crap!
Why did I choose THIS weekend?
“And can you believe that it was the very same weekend 7 years later that I was there?” Now I was really spooked, as the wind was howling outside my window that night. I didn’t listen to my instincts telling me to leave and boarded that replacement boat the very next morning.
Best Liveaboard ever!
It ended up being a wonderful trip, with some nights of howling winds and a rocking boat, making it so that we were unable to venture into the Blue Hole (sad), thus the deep blue photograph of The Blue Hole not being mine, as I never got a chance to venture down inside that wonderful oasis and see deep blue inside. I did get 5 days and nights of wonderful dives though, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I know this probably not what you expected me to say at this point, even though I had those premonitions, looking back, I think it was the souls of those people letting me know what had happened to them that stormy, hurricane night seven years earlier.
Creatures under the Sea
Now… I leave you with the wonders of the sea, as they are more interesting than me.