"" 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.

6 comments:

Cathy Messecar said...

You have a more adventuresome spirit in the daytime than I do at any time. I'm a wimp explorer. I don't like to walk into my garage unless I have on my shoes, just in case a little salamander or snake decided to cool off on the concrete. Glad to have you stateside again...

Karen said...

I don't appreciate snakes either. A little garden snake will end my yardwork for the week. The eels we see while diving are a little disconcerting but they stay in the rocks usually and can't see very well so I probably look more like a funny-colored shark to them.

conarnold said...

Thanks for sharing the great pictures and your Grand Cayman adventures, Karen!

Karen said...

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed them.

Helen said...

I love your blog... makes me feel as though I am there with you! And I will be on the Paris river cruise in Sept! Just saw your post on Cruise Critic. Look forward to meeting you! My blog is billandhelensturgeon.blogspot.com.
I blog about food/recipes, family and life in the mtns of Western NC.
Come visit my blog sometime!

Karen said...

Thanks, Helen! I'll drop in and visit.

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