Throughout our dives in the Sea of Cortez divers, we a glimpse of tentacles tucked away hiding in various crevices. We got as close as we could to these fluid creatures retreating further and further into the earth. Just a look at part of these 8-legged creatures was an exciting experience for us all. Our second-night dive took us down to the depths of La Lobera at Las Animas. We gently lowered ourselves to the rock bed whilst the sun was still shining above us. We were impressed by the amount of activity below our feet. The tropical fish of reds, blues, and silver who were calm earlier in the day appeared to be in some kind of frenzy, like a crazy commute in the center of Tokyo. There were plenty of dusty green moray eels lengthening themselves out of their sheltered homes wide eyes at our passing. Then our dive guide spotted some more tentacles which we observed under torch light as darkness had fallen. I had my glimpse and then continued on. Turning back I saw the group was still looking at the Octopus. I returned to see the Octopus has completely come out and was creeping way down the rock wall. It appeared to move by throwing its head down and the legs were an afterthought. The octopus obviously had somewhere to be as it threw itself down camouflaging instantly every time its background changed. We saw it go from a light red to a murky green and lastly as it landed at the bottom, grey like the rocks that surrounded it. I knew exactly where it was but I blinked and I could no longer locate it. It was an incredible experience to witness the octopus travel so far and change so many times. It slowly crept and then shot away at great speed.
Everyone was in high spirits coming out of the water. As we got on the skiff we looked to see a shooting star up above us. One of my dive companions noted we’ve seen the stars below now we see the stars above.
- Jocelyne, Cambridge, UK onboard the Nautilus Belle Amie