I had a dream the other day with magestic manta rays and orcas. A very cool dream that made me wonder — what ranks among the most magnificent creatures you have spotted in the ocean, seas, lakes or the like?
Salp -- bizarre!
Flat Worms (not the scary kind! These are like beautiful flat nudibranch that look like a cloth of shimmery velvet moving along the corals)
Gigantic Manta rays and whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez hands down. Orcas cruising the rubbing beaches in British Columbia. Can't resist a Nemo too, saw lots in Borneo recently!
Years ago we were diving in Cayman Brac Island. A sea turtle the size of a volkswagon went past us. We followed it. When we got back tot he boat we asked others if they saw the turtle. They had seen the same one we had seen. None of us could agree on the size. We all agreed it was the biggest thing we had ever seen.
I agree with Andrea....never under estimate the beautiful of a nemo.
Missed this new one...
Great moments in the past....from the small one facing a blue ring octopus...had no idea it could killed the equivalent of 27 human adults with one little bite...
I have to admit, I love mantas and sharks....had hundreds of the first ones...and few many thousands of seconds ones....but I can't wait for my first encounter diving with a Great White...and this without a cage. Moving early 2017 to the right place....so I'm putting the chance on my side...
Had two encounters with whales while diving...one in Argentina..one in South Africa...can't wait for my next one...as I was also lucky enough to snorkel with them in Tonga....amazing!
Than there are always the dolphins....play with them a lot in Socorro....and see them from time to time in South Africa...plus in few places around the world....Belize, PNG, Sudan where all close encounters....Egypt and Galapagos sighting....
Love to be spoiled with underwater adventures....give me more whales, and would love a Orca one day....well, that may be my last day!
Too many to mention all, obviously some of the larger mantas, dolphins and sharks etc always feature. But some that I find more unique are the smaller things and I have seen a few:
Tiniest of squid, no bigger than my little finger nail - and it inked us with a cloud not much bigger than that either - too cute!
5 little box fish, about the size of a thumb nail around a coral head
Garden eels, sticking their heads out of the sand
Nudibranchs are my favourites too.
The bulky body of a huge buffalo parrot fish, quite close up, almost 1.5m long.
Although I have seen many turtles, I still would love to see baby turtles underwater.
West Indian Manatee. I did cheat a bit and actually saw it at a rehabilitation center, but it was in a lake!