Finally, I could get myself in the water. It has been a very long time due to very a sick cat, heavy work, trying to stay where I am and fear of cold, in that order :). To be honest December to February is my least favorite time to dive here. By March I start getting the enthusiasm back. Both above the water and below there is lots to see and both are getting into decent temperatures that you don’t question all your decisions in life 🙂
Amy, Andrea and myself found ourselves at Old Garden Beach. It was cloudy, the storms were to start later in the day but when we pulled in the water looked calm. Once we got in the water we were pleasantly surprised that the viz was pretty awesome.
Soon after the decent, as it happens, I lost my buddies. I was just too interested in a skeleton shrimp :). It was my first dive after a long time, most of the dive I was getting my focus back into macro life underwater. Maybe that is why I really did not see too many nudis during this time. Normally, this time of the year you would trip over them, all different kinds. It may be the gloomy weather or just my eyes getting used to this new environment, I did not see much.
But it is not like I didn’t see anything. I don’t think that ever happens in a dive :D. I managed to find a lemon nudi (I so want to touch it and feel all those bumps!!), a beautiful scarlet colored grubby, a moon snail, bazillion skeleton shrimps. I also came across a group of hermit crabs in a Mexican standoff 😀
All in all I think it was a great start to my season. Oh, I just realized I didn’t mention the elephant in the room: the coronavirus! All diving was made in appropriate social distancing. After the dive we went to out own ways, hoping that we won’t be locked down and be allowed to dive, respecting the social distancing…
Buddies: Andrea, Amy
37ft, 37C, 47min, 20ft viz