With rainy season upon us, there is a bit of a lull in tourist traffic here on Roatán. By calling it rainy season, it may seem a bit of a downer. But it’s not like it rains 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. The rain is somewhat predictable with it raining for 15-20 minutes in the early morning making everything fresh and clean. The thunder and lightening shows down here are pretty incredible too. It’s amazing how wonderful wild ginger blooms and fresh guava smell right after a good rain.
With this opportunity we’re not just lazing around waiting for the clouds to clear and the seas to calm. This down time is a perfect time to get lots of things done around the shop. Great time to do paint touch ups inside the shop, update the some of the gear, replace the deck out back, replace the lines on the boats and a whole bunch of other projects to keep us out of trouble.
This reminds me of a great dive I did while I lived in Cayos Cochinos, which is only an hour’s boat ride from here by the way, during rainy season a couple of years back. It was heavily overcast that morning but not raining…yet!! We get in the water and descend to about 90ft along a spectacular stretch of the north wall on Cayos Grande. The reef there is absolutely gorgeous and healthy. About 20 minutes into the dive I could hear something that sounded very similar to the static you’d hear from an improperly tuned radio or the static from a snowy channel on the television. Now I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater over the years and had everything from small horsepower speed boats to cruiseships and this sounded like nothing in between. It took a few minutes of scratching my head to figure out what the sound was. I motioned to the group I was leading and finally while I was rolled over and swimming on my back I happened to look up. The visibility was very good and I could see that a squall had rolled in a started dumping incredible amounts of rain on the reunion. It was amazing too think that rain was responsible for creating that much sound. It was a few minutes later that the entire area lit up like someone had fired a massive strobe from an underwater light. It was lightening. Absolutely incredible!!
We finished the dive and surfaced. It was glories and sunny with a few clouds in the distance. These are just a few of the reasons I love it down here.
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!!
Hey underwater enthusiasts. Blog entry Numéro Dos!!
I found a great video last night and wanted to share it with everyone.
The video I found last night involves one of my favorite critters of the sea, the cephalopod! I’ve had numerous encounters with these guys and have to say they are probably the most enjoyable and memorable creatures I have ever encountered underwater. They are mesmerizing and enchanting, stealthy and dominant. They are always on and ready to go, never playful or silly. They just seem serious and always on a mission.
Probably the most memorable of encounters was here in Roatán during a night dive at Blue Channel. I was leading 3 novice divers on their first night dive in about 10m(30ft) of water. We were nearing our turn around point and for no apparent reason, I needed to take a slightly different route back to the boat. As we moved through the oily, inky blackness of the Caribbean Sea I noticed a large Caribbean octopus foraging for food on a small coral outcropping. As the octopus ever so elegantly moved behind the outcropping to avoid our lights, a smaller octopus lunged out from behind it. The chase was on!! The larger of the two octopus was now in hot pursuit of the smaller one. When the smaller one realized it could not evade the larger one, the smaller one headed for the surface. At this point, our group had moved underneath the ascending octopus. Wanting to avoid the surface, the larger of the two octopus called off the chase and began to descend. Without moving or wanting to interfere our group stayed put. I happened to be directly underneath the octopus as it settled on my shoulder. Once there it wriggled down my arm towards my hand and then dropped off onto the seabed. Seeing these critters up close and personal is truly one of my most cherished memories.
Hopefully one day I can show you something very similar here at Ocean Connections. Enjoy the video!!
Like scuba there is a first time for everything. I’m very new to this whole blog adventure thing so please bear with me.
Well here we go! Good day, my name is Adam, I’m currently the Dive Operations Manager at Ocean Connections Water Sports here on the beautiful island of Roatán in the Bay Islands of Honduras.
Our goal and focus here at Ocean Connections Water Sports is to introduce as many people as possible to the wonder and beauty of the underwater world. We do this through a few mediums. Mainly the underwater scooters or Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter or the B.O.S.S. as we like to call it. The other mediums are through scuba diving, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuba_diving and snorkeling.
As the Dive Operations Manager, I am responsible for the day to day operations of the scuba diving side of the house. Making sure the boat gets off on time, making sure our guests are well looked after and that everything is maintained and ready to go for another adventure under the sea. I’ll let Nikki the BOSS manager, fill you in on the scooters at a later date.
Our goal with this blog is to get you, the curious adventure seeker creature that you are, down here and get under the sea. We want you to make the kind of memories that will last a lifetime and will have you returning year after year for more warm sun, white sand beaches and some of the best diving the Caribbean has to offer. We plan on doing that by getting you excited about all of it. Every so often we’ll be posting stories, experiences, adventures and pictures/videos. So please stay tuned, check in often at www.ocean-connections.com and tell us all about your adventures in the comments below!
Adam J. Wise
This me me diving the glorious sea mounts of Cayos Cochinos.