It’s been pretty slow here on the TR forums, so I figured I’d post up this decidedly un-skiing oriented slice of a day in the life of your humble narrator.
As fortune has it, today is the first day of the 48 hour Florida Lobster Mini Season. These two days are put aside prior to the opening of the commercial lobster season, and countless hordes of divers take the opportunity to head out to sea and try and harvest some of the delectable crustaceans. Many of these souls have not dived for the past year, and there seems to be an inordinate number of foolhardy, drunk, and singularly incompetent people manning the helms of literally hundreds of power boats in my area. There is usually a rather shocking body count at the end of each Mini Season, so I take these two days as a respite from the ocean, and stay safely ashore. I’ve thusly found the time today to type up a brief TR of my day at sea yesterday.
Around the office; my desk
Lounge and mini fridge
A soon to be dead Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus
First dive of the day was on a retired oil rig. Each of these three images was taken looking almost straight up towards the surface from a fairly great depth.
Second dive was on a local reef where I encountered this Zebra Lionfish, Pterois volitans. These beautiful, venomous fish are in an invasive species, native to the Indian, and tropical Pacific oceans. They are voracious predators and have no natural enemies in the Atlantic, so their numbers are increasing at an alarming rate.
Third dive of the day has me at a local favorite locale of mine, a reef where a crane being towed on a barge fell overboard many years ago. The Crane Wreck is at a moderate depth, and only a couple of miles away from my home inlet, so I visit rather frequently.
Having made a pair of dives already, I really could not stay down on the Crane for very long. As soon as I reached the bottom, I found this very large Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta, resting with his head wedged under the crane. Yes, it is a male.
It’s tough enough being a turtle, so I know that it would be all sorts of un-cool of me to disturb him while he’s getting some much-needed rest. Only problem is that I’ve got just a brief bit of time that I can safely wait at this depth, but I avoid the temptation to rouse him. Rather than set off around the wreck and surrounding reef, I decide to wait around near the Loggerhead and hope that a) he awakes before I have to ascend, and b) that he won’t be too spooked by my presence and take off in the wrong direction, i.e. away from me. I’ve got enough images of tails and posteriors.
While waiting, I’m visited by a passing school of Atlantic Spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber.
A bit more of a wait brings my way a pair of Gray Angelfish, Pomacanthus arcuatus.
At last, fortune smiles on this old dog. My bottom time is just about to expire when the Loggerhead awakes, and, joy of joy, heads directly towards my camera! Nice way to end the day.
BTW, with the exception of the Lobster image, all of these marine life images were made with a fisheye lens that offers a 180 degree field of view. The subjects are even closer to the lens than they appear to be. The lionfish and final image of the turtle were made at from a distance of approximately 3 inches.