I saw my first moray eel today. He was about 5 or 6 feet long, undulating over the coral reefs and across the sandy bottoms straight towards me. Mouth opening & closing, teeth like nails and ugly, ugly, ugly! He swam right underneath me and kept going. I also saw a king crab whose body was about 18 inches in diameter. TOday’s favorite fish is teh Queen Triggerfish. google it up and see what you find. I still havn’t found Nemo, so I guess I need to go on a few more dives tomorrow!
Today’s dives were fantastic, as expected. I still have nto found Nemo, but I have found many of his cousins and distant relatives. The colors are incredible, even the corals are vibrant greens and purples. Today I saw a baracuda, that swam up to greet me, looked at me then swam away. WE also saw sting rays, which look like magic, and the stoplight parrotfish is my favorite so far. See if google images has a picture of it!
Imagine it… climate year round which makes walls obsolete. Sure there are a few bugs carrying things like malaria and dengue fever, but for the most part, a night breeze keeps most of them at bay. I have yet to find a building here, with the exception of the little room I am staying in, that has more than 3 walls on site. There is a fantastic little bar right on the beach with nothing but a central serving area surrounded by bar stools, a railing and the beach. With a roof overhead. When I get home, I think I’ll take the walls off my house and see if it feels the same.
the night I arrived, I sought out a place where I could have a beer and watch the sunset. I found myself relaxing on a wooden platform, overlooking a bay where the calm waters of the carribbean sea lap up against the white sand beaches of Roatan. One and a half beers later, I realized that I was more relaxed than I could ever remember being since s tarting my residency. For a split second, I thought to myself, ‘what a shame it takes two beers to get this relaxed.’ But then I remembered where I was having those beers. Silly me…I don’t think its’ the beer at all!
There are few areas of the caribbean that have not been affected/devastated by the recent hurricanes. One of them is the island of Roatan, off the northern coast of Honduras, just east of Belize. That’s where you’ll find me for the next week. 🙂
The following two weeks I will be doing a medical clinic in the mountains of Honduras with my alma mater.
I will try to post if I have internet access, but if you don’t hear from me for the next 3 weeks, don’t worry, just imagine me snorkeling along with Nemo and his friends.