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Published: July 24th 2011
Today’s first dive was at Half Moon Bay Wall (different from yesterday, but same name). The visibility was probably the worst I’ve seen yet since diving in Roatan. Other than a bunch of lionfish, there wasn’t nearly as much life on the reef wall. I did see my first jackknife drum though (a funky looking fish). The second dive was at Missing Link. Visibility was much better here and there were tons of schooling fish along the reef break. All I could see looking up to the surface were hundreds of fish, it was mesmerizingly beautiful and could have sat there and watched for hours. Four large grouper were lurking below, darting in and out of the schools, chowing down. Schools of curious white margate swam alongside, constantly within arm’s reach. At one point, a school of elegant spadefish schooled around me and another diver, they twirled circles around us. This was probably the best dive so far for me.
In the afternoon we had word that a couple of sea turtles were being kept in a pen on a dock so our intention was to go there to tag and release them. What they neglected to tell us was
that along with the turtles there were a few humongous barracuda in the pen along with some good size tarpon. Apparently this guy keeps them there as his pets so they get fed and are therefore huge. So you could imagine that anything that hits the water from above, these cuda are going to try to eat. We quickly nixed the idea of getting in the pen to capture the turtles. This pen is connected to the Iguana Farm, a tourist attraction where hundreds of huge iguana wander around. We went up there to find out more info on the status of these turtles from someone and viewed various primates in small wire cages, clearly stressed out. It was depressing and frustrating to see how the animals were being kept in such conditions. All I can say is please do not support this place if you are planning a trip to Roatan. We did not end up tagging the turtles because we never found the caretaker, who we doubt would have been keen to the idea of us releasing them anyways.
We are both pretty tired of the cafeteria style food here so we decided to take a taxi
down the road to French Harbour to get a cheap bite to eat at a small local ‘hamburger joint’ next to an Applebee’s. I had my first pupusa (pretty good) and a taco to die for, wish I had ordered 3 more of those (only a dollar each!). We got back to Fantasy in time to grab a rum and coke (La Plata rum kicks ass by the way) and watch the fire dancers (pretty sweet). They fired up the dance music and I watched the Latinos dance, holy crap, can they dance! I’m sure they come out of the womb dancing like that, I’m so jealous.
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