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12 March 2008 @ 06:15 pm
Under the sea. Just me. And a camera.  
As part of our Advanced course we were allowed to choose a couple of the dives that we got to do, along with a few compulsory ones. The compulsory ones were:
1) Deep Dive - down to 40m
2) Navigation Dive - strapped with a compass, see if you get lost underwater
3) Wreck Dive - diving from the beach. No really, it`s actually pretty self-explanatory
4) Night Dive - diving from the beach, in the middle of the day

And the ones that me and Maria chose to do were:
- Underwater Photography
- Drift Dive - normally when you dive, you start swimming against the current so that when you swim back to the boat, you´ll be swimming WITH said current, but with drift diving, the boat dumps you off somewhere and you drift with the current and then it picks you up from a designated point

The most exciting part of this is that for you, my avid listeners out there, tuning in every night at 7pm, you get awesome underwater pictures. And it just so happened that the Drift Dive was the best dive anyone´s ever had before ever. We saw a lot of delicious animals.

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And then all of a sudden, our instructor started gesticulating wildly with all his appendages at me. It was my turn with the camera and I flipped as hard as I could to get to this.....the highlight of all my whole scuba diving career...
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Then the Chilean guy spotted this....
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Very unusual since octupi normally feed at night. Found out afterwards that the octopus was feeding on the eggs of that poor fish and the fish kept trying to fend him off by swooping at him but then the octopus just reached out his gigantic tentacles and yup, it was awesome.

Then we went into a cave...
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Saw some trumpet fish!
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And then we spotted a barracuda! We were re-surfacing and were told to stay at a certain depth. Unfortunately, barracuda was a tad bit deeper than that and the yelling afterwards was definitely worth it. It was I was practically shoving the camera in it`s face and it started snapping at me and then I high-tailed it back pretty quick-smart.
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The Happy End. Sigh.

 
 
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theartoffeetheartoffee on May 4th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
oh that is soooo cool emaya!!
that octopus is so gross though, poor mumma fish!
were you tempted to ride the turtle?
ha ha ha ha, to much underwater movie propaganda floating in my head

but yeah nice work!!
pinatapalacepinatapalace on May 7th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
no, absolutely no thoughts of riding the turtle....not at all...*shifty eyes*

i was actually panicking so much from the pressure to get a good photo of the turtle. everybody else would`ve killed me if it was some kind of blurry smudge in a sea of blue. i was completely stressed. but lucky for me the turtle was awesome. and totally curious when i was sticking the camera in it`s face. love that turtle.
theartoffeetheartoffee on May 7th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
total pressure, the turtle shot is like the kissing shot at a wedding!
Now you know what wedding photographers have to go through!

Now I really want a pet turtle!
except yeah, there are way too many reasons why you shouldn't :(
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
pretty, nice pictures. thanks green catapiller.
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der_socke_affe on May 6th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
awesome!
you're so brave, I'm terrified of the ocean!!
the turtle is cute - i want to hug it :)
very beautiful photos emaya! nice work :)
(Anonymous) on May 14th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. Those pictures are so clear! So clear it is making me take the effort to write a post! Amazing!

PS: Will email you once the stress of exam/assignment/moving house is over :) so gimme a weekish.

Charles.