"" Writer's Wanderings: Grand Cayman--Creatures of the Night

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Grand Cayman--Creatures of the Night

Night diving can be a little intimidating and claustrophobic. I've tried three different occasions to learn to enjoy it but for me, it just isn't enough fun to get me past all the dark edges beyond the underwater flashlight. Bob enjoys it immensely and loves the night critters he sees.

This trip has not netted a lot of pictures but here are a few from his night dives. The spotted eel slithered through the coral and rocks until he found a squirrel fish and quickly had his evening meal. Bob got that part on video after getting this great shot of him poking out of a hole.
This trip we have seen lots of really big crabs both during the day and at night. At night, this one ventured out like the rest of the night critters probably looking for food.

This stingray was cruising over the sand looking for the crustaceans he loves to snack on. Sometimes they try to hide themselves in the sand which can create quite an underwater sandstorm as they flap their "wings" to push the sand on top of them.
Bob also saw a couple of squid but couldn't get a still shot of them. And this octopus that wouldn't let go of the rock--kind of like me, not letting go of land after the sun goes down.

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