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Published: June 23rd 2017
Mutant Ninja Attack Sea Turtle
I swear the suckerfish attached to this guy convinced him to attack me!
Geo: 16.5181, -88.3682
I am sitting at an outside table in the manicured sand lawn in the dark at our budget hotel trying to figure out how to convey how amazing the day was we had today. I don't think I can so I will just explain how the day went and try to support it with photos. We planned on diving this morning, but as I had my coffee, I became concerned about the dark clouds that were forming in the distance. About the time we were heading to the dive shop lighting started hitting nearby. Obviously concerned about my boy wearing a 25 pound lightening rod on his back, I asked the locals what they thought. The consensus was the storm is there and you are going over there, (out to sea). Everyone said it would blow by. Deciding on positive thinking we headed off on our underwater journey. I can't begin to describe what it was like to be with my buddy, going out to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world over 20 miles off shore to dive . It was one of those proud dad moments.we entered the water and I quickly learned I should
Wonders of the sea
These are all shots captured during our dives.
be more worried about myself than Alex. He was obviously comfortable and we began the dive.
We quickly descended into the sea with the plan to go no deeper than 60' depending on Alex's comfort level. It soon became apparent he was comfortable and we bottomed out on the lower section of reef at 90'. Shame shame, well past the open water cert limit. As we dove, we were blessed by sightings of the numerous creatures of the sea. Amazingly, Alex followed a sea turtle that looked as intrigued with us as we were it. I ventured too close, in the name of good gopro footage, to a green moray that didn't take to kindly to being videotaped. I came towards me a little aggressive at which time I learned to scuba backwards quickly. Between dives we went to a small island where we were given lunch and were able to snorkel. There we saw a couple squid which was really cool. The second dive was as good as the first, highlighted with a barracuda that decided to circle us like we looked appetizing.
Heading back the boat took a detours to a shallow area known for turtles and nurse sharks.
My camera on my phone broke for a couple days so this is all I have for now. I will post more later.
quickly donned my mask and find and jumped in to see a turtle nearby. Again, in the name of good video, I taped recorded this turtle as it came towards me. It wasn't until it was about an inch from my camera that I realized it was a mutant Nina attack turtle wanting to bite either the camera or me. Now proficient at back peddling under water I quicky retreated as this monsters is beast tries to get me. As I stuck my head out of the water I hear watch out, it's going to bite you. Ha ha, I guess it got bored with me because it started chasing other tourists as they got in the water.
So how can such a day be topped off? On the way back we see a pod of dolphins. Ah, no big deal, I'm from Fl, see them all the time. Well I was wrong. A large pod of spotted Atlantic? Dolphins were swimming and playing next to the boat. I dipped the gopro and caught some of the underwater action. What a treat. The Belize wildlife seems to love entertaining us. We watched in awe for about 10 minutes before continuing back
These dolphins played next to the boat for about 10 minutes. I can't imagine what the people thought who never get to see dolphins where they are from.
to shore. Alex and I went to the barefoot beach bar and grill for a now dinner where we ran into the American from te bs terminal mentioned in an earlier blog. We also spotted who we think is a guy from Bad Ink. Alex snuck a pic so we will have to verify later.
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