Hey from the lovely and sunny Caribbean everyone!
Just got back from taking some divers out and had a neat (to me) experience but most likely a nerve wracking or even a possible panic situation for some not so seasoned divers.
I was driving with a Really nice couple from Arizona who own their own business and travel when the itch arises. Good divers, Tony advanced and Casey open water. Both are confident with good buoyancy.
The dive was great, some nice big lobsters, some really nice big schools of Creole wrasse, few dog snapper and the big green moray. For the most part the usual Caribbean suspects.
Unfortunately as of late, with the infringing pesky Lionfish becoming more and more prevalent in the waters, marine creature behavior is rapidly changing/evolving/adapting. However you what to categorize it. Something is changing.
Now, I’m no marine bio major or environmental science wizard, I’m just a diver who happens to notice stuff. All this aside I personally I believe the reason for the change is that more and more divers are killing the Lionfish which is great for the reef, the local businesses but more and more divers are feeding said Lionfish to the marine life. Specifically the eels. Now I feel the eels are learning and changing to associate divers with food.
Back to where I was going with this story. So we’re cruising along the edge of the reef at about 12-13m (40-45ft for the US readers) a larger green moray eel with a lovely set of bite marks on the latter third of its tail, presumably from the shape of the markings another moray, came down off the top of the reef and started swimming in our direction. Not overly nervous of these guys I got my divers attention and pointed out the moray for them. At that point in time the Morays attention was focused on me and me alone. The moray swam in my direction at a leisurely pace. Nothing to be too worried about. With a few seconds the moray was inside my comfort zone and with in a few more seconds inside my uncomfortable zone. I instinctively extended my spear not with the intention of hurting or killing it but just to give it something to swim into. Morays have very poor eye sight by the way. the moray swam directly into my spear then abruptly turned and swam back to the protection of the reef.
This is happening more and more here in the Caribbean, come on down and experience it for yourself with us. www.ocean-connections.com. None the less this is not the first time this has happened and I’m sure it won’t be there last. Below is a video shot by good friends of mine Andrew and Katya that shows another moray getting really friendly. Enjoy!!