Night diving is a favourite pastime of
ours and we certainly had our share on Bonaire. We were for ever searching
for seahorses and frogfish which we didn’t find but we saw so much else.
A Seahorse, a seahorse...
A small distance from the pier on a piece of flat and slightly muddy bottom a wooden branch stuck out. I suppose one wouldn’t normally pay any attention but knowing seahorses…
And yes, clinging to a branch with their tails two Lined seahorses sat side by side slightly waving back and forth. Now and again they seemed to trumpet with their noses as they sucked in some unfortunate little organism. Absolutely brilliant.
Master of Disguise
Other great adventures were our night dives with a Caribbean reef octopus. On one dive we followed an octopus for some 20 minutes. It is simply amazing to watch this mollusc hunt and see how it changes colour and structure in a split second depending on the substrate or the background.
Anglers (and divers) familiar with the Caribbean most likely know it but to us the tarpon was a new acquaintance. Imagine that you’re just quietly toddling along in the light of your tiny torch (looking for seahorses) and suddenly a large oblong shape rushes by you from behind moving in much the same way a shark moves. Shock, rock and horror.
But it’s only the tarpon hunting in the light of your torch. But still… it’s a big silvery predator between 1½ and 2 metres long. We almost got used to it.
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