UB Diving. Voted #1 dive shop by a bunch of divers.
|Posted on February 15, 2015 at 4:40 PM|
What would you do if you woke up with a sore wrist, knowing entirely well that you wouldn’t be able to lift your own gear or even set it up yourself? Probably go diving, if you had the friendly staff at Blue Angel to help you! We left Cozumel this afternoon and I was determined to get my last two dives in before getting on the ferry to Playa del Carmen.
I wasn’t scheduled to be on the boat today so at 7am when my alarm went off, I snoozed for 10 minutes, and then jumped out of bed to get down to the dive shop! The divemaster was arriving and told me to go away it was too early to talk, a feeling I know all to well! But I really wanted to get on the boat so he graciously listened to my plea and wrote my name on the the whiteboard. He was also very adamant that I do not strain myself with any lifting and for the rest of the day he took care of my gear for me. Being a scuba princess ain’t so bad! I should also mention that the boat captain at Blue Angel is awesome! He took good care of us divers.
The wind was blowin’ like a [insert filthy analogy to a woman of the night here] so we had to catch the boat down the road at the marina. Not a problem though, our dive master/tender took care of everything. What a gent! Our first site of the day called Columbia, named after the artificial reef sunk off of Quadra Island, or something like that maybe. It was another beautiful site consisting of immense coral formations and crystal clear blue water. As I was drifting along I started thinking about all the places in the world where I’ve dived and how I’m always looking so intently at the reef when there’s a vast expanse of blue behind me. Chance are some pretty amazing creatures have swam past me without me ever noticing them.
I tried to spend more time with my head up on this dive, after all someone had told me they once saw a 14 ft hammerhead near here. Alas, I fell quickly into my old habits. I was scanning the underside of an overhang with my dive light looking for crustaceans and sea monsters and I glanced upwards to see where I was going and almost swam head first into an approaching eagle ray. Of course it wasn’t phased in the least by my presence and gracefully glided past me into the current while I frantically turned around to get a better look. I cursed myself for not sticking to my plan of watching where I was going! (Later in the day on the second dive I would have a similar experience with a nurse shark when another diver had to point out that the 8 foot dinosaur was directly below me.) Nonetheless my brief encounter with the eagle ray was exciting and I was happily carried on with the current drifting into an expanse of sand.
Sandy bottoms can be magical places let me tell you, they are host to the strangest of all sea creatures and are often overlooked by divers who lack the patience for them. These sand flats had two special creature treats for us though. Sting rays and reef squid held our attention for the remainder of the dive. I’ve never seen these type of rays before and I’ve never seen sting rays this big! I wish I had my camera, but my wrist was still sore and I didn’t feel like lugging it along. There were two large Jacks pestering one of the rays, every time it tried to settle in the sand and bury itself up to its eyeballs they would nip and poke at it with their faces, causing it to get up and flutter off to a new potential sand bed. What a silly sight!
After all the excitement on the first dive it was hard for the second dive to top it but I can’t complain about the abundance of turtles and nurse sharks that we met along the way. I have, however, noticed a distinct lack of nudibranchs. They are one of my favorite things to spot underwater and they are all so different everywhere I go, yet here there seems to be none! And where are the starfish? I see them dried up and for sale in market stands but I haven’t spotted a single one underwater. Maybe I’m just too overwhelmed by the corals and sponges to see the slow moving animals? Further underwater investigation is necessary!
So I ended up doing my 6 boat dives with Blue Angel, but I didn't get the chance to take advantage of the shorediving or any night diving. I guess I'll just have to go back...