Life underwater is pretty fine
06.10.2012 - 12.10.2012 35 °C
It’s been a year since submersing myself in the great oceans of our world back on the Great Barrier reef and east coast of Australia, but it feels like just a few weeks since I was donning my scuba booties, fins, wetsuit and mask and breathing through a tube attached to a aluminum cylindrical tank. Back in the Indian Ocean, it's feels like home after my first 'toe dipping in these stunning waters' nearly two years ago on neighboring island and research station, Curieuse
Turning to look up through 14m of turquoise ocean, the light of the surface is interrupted by hundreds of jack, trevally and snapper fish all wriggling and finning above my head obviously enjoying a Thursday morning swim-about and feed in the serene tropics off Bay Terney, Mahe Island. Oh, it feels good to be back in the marine world - butterfly fish, angel fish, groupers, sweetlips, surgeons, squirrels, snappers and emperors – all beauties in their own right (except the bumphead parrot which evolution clearly bypassed on beauty day) glide past showing off their pristine tropical colours and patterns on this little secluded reef.
Already a couple of white tips have come out to play, eagle rays are a common greeting in our little paradise bay and even a pod of dolphins appeared and performed a bit of a dance alongside ‘manta’ (our scuba boat) for this morning’s short journey out to the dive site.
In 30+degrees heat I’ve enjoyed my first week back in the tropical sweat pool that is the Seychelles, settled into administering emergency first aid; driving a very non-roadworthy trailer van full of scuba kit; getting up at 6am for the high tide dive; eating porridge and a carb-overload diet of lentils, pasta and potato; living by the sun and climbing under a mossie net under sparkling stars seen only in remote pockets of this planet such as this unique and stunning collection of islands I am lucky enough to call home for the next 10 weeks. If only the fish could also be sure of their home here for the foreseeable future (let's not ignore where our dinner is coming from and Save our Seas)!
Off for a snorkel...