I got to the bottom of the ocean and looked around. Everything was still except for the small white particles that flowed back and forth with the ocean’s current. My Dive Master signaled to swim forward, and we followed.
Our first dive was to Blue Reef, 70 feet down. There was a lot of strange aquatic plant life, mainly tube-like structures that looked like pipes cut in half.
Long, finger like plants moved like fingers playing piano. There were white fish at the bottom in the sand, moving their mouths open and close like they were having a conversation. I swam, concentrating on my breath (and constantly checking how much air I had).
We eventually reached the Debbie II. In 1991, this oil tanker was deliberately sunk with the purpose of becoming an artificial reef for divers to explore. It was incredibly eery. (I kind of wished that it had actually sunk on accident in some sort of war or battle, that would have been so cool).
There were barnacles attached to it, and fish swimming in and out of the windows. An eel swam its way across the ship, its long body sleek and shiny.
It was so tempting to swim into the ship, however, it could have collapsed at any second, since no one knows how sturdy it is (and no one wants to find out- who would?!).
We eventually made our ascent, stopping at 15 feet for our three minute safety stop. When I reached the surface, I was surprised at how loud¬†everything seemed. I hadn’t even realized how quiet it had been underwater.
Our next destination was Arashi reef and wreck. At 40 feet, this is the site of Lockheed Lodestar, a plane wreck at the bottom of the ocean. Pieces of the wreck are scattered everywhere (of course I had to see this two days before I was getting back onto an airplane).
The reef was beautiful, and I saw about five turtles! One of them was hiding under a plant, its round shell the only indicator that it was there. There had been another turtle walking around, and another one swimming way in the distance- it was just a big round shell with little legs moving back and forth; quite a funny sight. They were pretty big, too, about 2 feet. Adorable!
There was a school of fish that swam next to me, and didn’t part when I swam through them. Obviously I’m pretty good at pretending to be a fish…
Scuba diving is incredibly meditative. Once you’re at the bottom of the ocean, swimming along the fish in complete silence, you almost forget that there’s another world happening above you. Your eyes are the only senses that you’re really using- there’s nothing to touch, or hear, or taste, really. There is so much life to see in the ocean, much unexplored, that it’s hard to grasp just how much there truly is.
Have you ever been diving?