Thursday, May 29, 2008

I Am Indeed Blessed!

One of my co-workers, Lewie, thinks that I'm one of the luckiest people he's ever met. It's because things just happen to have this way of working out for me and I seem to always have amazing things happen to me. You could say I was lucky because sunsets like the one pictured above, which happened just a couple nights ago is fairly routine out here, and I get to enjoy them all the time. Some of the reasons Lewie has come to this conclusion are because I've found a nearly new digital camera in an underwater housing while diving in the Grotto before, and yes, it still worked just fine. There have been several times that I was diving the Grotto picking up trash people had thrown in it and I've found $20 bills. Not just once or twice, but several times now. I had someone come out to Saipan a little less than a year ago, who just happened to want something I had. It was something I hadn't spent any money on, but he wanted, and I wound up with a brand new Canon EOS Rebel Xti Digital camera with 5 lenses, a carrying case, tripods and a bunch of other gear in exchange for my item which I didn't really even want any longer. I had a health insurance company trying to tell me recently that I owed them $250 for items that weren't covered when I went to Hong Kong for a heart cathaterization a couple years ago. In the end, instead of me having to pay them $250, they wound up sending me a check for nearly $1,000. And then last weekend while diving at Lau Lau, I jumped in the water right where you start your dive, and when I got to the bottom I found this!It's an Aladdin dive computer that was working and recording someones dive when I found it. So even though I've already got a dive computer, and I just ordered Kelli new dive gear, thanks to the check from that insurance company, now I've got a dive computer for other people I take diving to wear. Very cool! So am I just extraordinarily lucky? I don't think so, I mean when you figure how many hours I spend underwater every week, odds are good that I'm going to find some things that other divers have lost. Some people would still consider that lucky, but I don't, I feel like I'm blessed. Extraordinarily, over the top, blow your socks off - BLESSED!

This was kind of brought home to me today as I was reading some of the comments from people on Link Referral who have read my blog and looked at the pictures on my Smugmug site. Let me share their comments with you so you know what I mean.

-"Incredible. I'm not usually the the jealous type, but I have to honestly say that I envy you. What an awesome site. I loved watching that curious little turtle come up and bump your camera. You could almost see his mind working as he looked at you in curiosity. I've never went on a dive before but I would love to when I can save up enough. Thank you so much..."

-"Awesome awesome website. The photos are lovely. The map is beuatiful - i love maps. My Picks are great, actually everythng I clicked was stunning! I could loose myself in there for hours. You are one very lucky man! And to think that something with all those photos could be so fast, that is really nice. The layout is great is nice and easy. I better stop repeating myself. Fantabulous job!.."

Yes, I'll admit, I'm getting the chance to live most people's dream. Most people scrimp and save all year for the chance to go somewhere like this for a week or two on vacation, it's what keeps them going all year until the next vacation. But I'm living the vacation, I get to dive every weekend of the year and combine two of my passions, scuba diving and photography. It just doesn't get much better than that.

But again, getting back to the being "lucky" thing. I truly believe it's not just blind luck, I believe that God has for His own reasons decided to just bless me abundantly, far beyond anything I could have ever imagined or asked for, and certainly far beyond anything I deserve.

He has blessed me with the most amazing wife I could have ever asked for. There is no doubt in my mind that Kelli loves me unconditionally and is completely and totally devoted to me. I know that she has spent thousands of hours praying for me and asking for God's blessings on us, I believe those prayers have been, and are continuing to be answered. I have seen the bible promise of "Seek and ye shall find, ask and it shall be given to you" answered over and over during our life together.

I will never be a rich man, as far as monetary wealth goes. I have too much fun giving it away to others. When I am blessed, I have fun passing those blessings on to others. When I found the underwater digital camera and housing, I gave it to a friend of mine who had just given her digital camera to her sister in the Philippines. I knew she would get much more use and enjoyment out of it than I possibly could. Yes, I had people offering to buy it from me, but that would have just given me some money which would have disappeared and I'd have forgotten what I bought with it. But this way I have the satisfaction of knowing that she has a camera she will use to capture memories and special moments while she's going to college that she will continue to share with her mother and family back in the Philippines. One option would add toward your monetary wealth, the other is absolutely priceless! I've tried to follow that principle throughout my life, and truly share with others what I have been given. You might say that I'm unbelievably lucky, I say that I am extraordinarily blessed. When my time on this earth is gone and it's time for those left behind to say goodbye, I won't have to worry about them fighting over my riches, there won't be any. But hopefully there will be an interesting assortment of people left behind who will all have their own little story of their brushes with this eccentric old dive bum, and they will incorporate the principle of sharing the wealth, and passing along what has been given to you to make a difference in someone else's life. If there was one principle I would impart to you it would be this, get out of the rat race and get into the giving race. It's a decision you'll never regret, and you will truly leave a lasting impression on those whose lives you've touched.This is a picture of Kelli & I with Semona Igama at her graduation from Northern Marianas College last Saturday. I had the privilege of awarding her with a Saipan Chamber of Commerce scholarship a couple years ago. I have stayed in contact with her, offering advice when she asks for it, writing letters of recommendation for various scholarships, having her work for me as an intern, teaching her to drive and be a listening ear for those rare occasions when she wants to talk about something. Semona graduated Summa Cum Laude and is now heading off to Arizona State University to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Semona is going to go far in life and will undoubtedly make a real difference in many peoples lives. It's all about giving back and investing in other people. And yes, I am indeed BLESSED!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

George Is Alive & Well, Except For His Cataract!

***WARNING - If you're squeamish, you might not want to read about today's adventure!***
This is George, the legendary resident of Wing Beach. George is a 6' green moray eel that has been inhabiting the little holes along the underwater cliffline near the crevasse for the past 12 years at least. At least I think it's still the same old George. If it's not, he's not owning up to it, and I'm not about to call him a liar, especially after this past weekend. Now if I had the training and eye that Dr. Mark Robertson has, I would have probably noticed George's cataract right away and made a mental note that his sight probably wasn't very good on his right side as that eye was all clouded over. But sadly I am not Dr. Mark Robertson, and I didn't happen to be diving with him yesterday.There were a bunch of Japanese divers in the crevasse who had taken the boat out to Wing Beach. Here you see their dive guide putting on a show and blowing air rings for them. I figured it looked pretty cool and decided to take a few pictures of it as well. But as is usually the case, all the Japanese divers missed the little octopus hiding in a hole on the bottom, and they also all missed George, which is really too bad because George is usually a very gracious photo subject and poses quite nicely. You will notice I said "usually". Once I found George on the cliff line tucked into the same hole that the bubble coral Plerogyra sinuosa is in, I just camped there and started snapping away. Just for the record at this point, I'd like to point out that I have never fed George Vienna Sausages, and have never thought it was a very good idea.When eels open their mouths like this, I have never taken it as a threating gesture, I just figured they were proud of their shiny white teeth and liked to show them off. Plus it also provides an opportunity for the cleaner shrimp and wrasses to give them a dental check up. So I've always tried to time my shots to catch them like this, I just thought it looked cool. George and I spent about 5 minutes together, me taking pictures, him posing being a show off. Then George swam away and went down under a rock in the bottom of the crevasse. I thought he was playing follow the leader, so I obediently followed him over and took a few more pictures. At that point, George was coming up and rubbing against the camera and my hand, so I figured he was trying to show me that he wanted to be friends. Now again, in the picture above you can clearly see his cataract, and I'm sure my buddy Mark could have pointed that out to me, but again, he wasn't there, I had Barry instead. My medical training is limited to knowing to yell when I see blood, which did wind up coming in handy in a couple minutes.Right after I took this picture, in which you can clearly see his cataract, George was coming up rubbing against the camera and my hand, so I figured he was trying to tell me something. I put the camera down and just held my left hand out to show him I wasn't going to do anything to him. He came up and sniffed it a couple times, and rubbed it a little bit, then he started to turn his head away, which meant he was looking at me with his bad eye. Now a smarter person, like Mark Robertson for example, probably would have realized that meant he couldn't really see what was going on at this point. But I chalk it up to the fact that I'm not a trained opthalmologist that it never occured to me that might be a problem. All the sudden old George lunged and bit two of my fingers, and when I say bit, I really mean ripped the crap out of them and crunched down to the bone. Fortunately for me, I think it was just a friendly warning because he immediately let go and went back down to his hole. Moray eels tend to hang on for the fight when they bite, so I was counting my blessings. He did it so fast there was no way I could have reacted. However once he bit me I did react and let out quite a yell. Now you can speculate as to what I said if you'd like, and Barry can't prove anything because I yelled it through the regulator. But I think it gave poor old George a fright as well so he backed off and let go.I looked at the wounds, and while they were definitely bleeding (oozing green stuff, which is the color of your blood at 90 feet underwater), I wasn't terribly concerned at this point and didn't figure there was any point ruining a perfectly good dive, after all, we still had plenty of air. So I balled my fingers into a tight fist and swam along the underwater cliff continuing to look in more holes. It was after about 5 minutes that I felt a tug at my fin, it was Barry trying to get my attention. As I started to turn back to look and see what he wanted, I all the sudden saw a 6' white tip reef shark swimming along by my side. He was a couple feet away from me, and I had an awesome view of him. The first thing to pop into my head was that this would make an awesome picture or video, so I started trying to get my camera in the right mode. As I undid my fist, a big cloud of green blood filled the water where I was. Now it still didn't dawn on me that the blood might be the reason the shark was visiting so closely, or that releasing a big cloud of it could be a problem. I was intent on getting some awesome pictures, right up until I noticed my camera housing had fogged and I couldn't take any pictures. I was so bummed. Here I was within a couple feet of this magnificent shark and I couldn't take any shots of it.

I don't really know what was going through Barry's mind at that time, but I'm fairly certain that he wasn't as concerned about getting a picture as he was of keeping that shark at a safe distance. Once I knew that I couldn't film him, I just watched him in awe as he swam up ahead a little bit, then came back toward me and headed back down the underwater cliff line. All of the sudden it dawned on me that it might not be coincidence that I had such an up close and personal encounter with this shark, maybe he was tracking my blood and wanting to get a closer look at a potential dinner. Then it dawned on me that this was the only place I'd ever seen a Tiger Shark, and that if I attracted one of them, they might be more inclined to investigate the source of the blood more thoroughly. So then I decided I should probably quit horsing around and get in where I didn't have to worry about a shark sneaking up on me. Everytime I would open my hand it would be another huge green cloud of blood, which Barry had to swim through as he was behind me. We had a few minutes of deco time to burn off, but got out of the water safe & sound. Once we got out of the water, Barry said he thought I was the ultimate dive guide, sacrificing my fingers to a moray eel, so there would be blood in the water so he could finally see a shark in the water. I like the sounds of that story, it sounds much better than me just being an idiot and getting bitten. And it just adds more mystique to the whole Axe Murderer Tours legacy. So the official version of the story is that the Axe Murderer will do anything to guarantee a great dive.This is the bottom of the finger, you can see where the rows of teeth sunk in, and yes, it hurts as bad as it looks.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Boat Dive at Wing Beach Arch

The joys of boat diving! Here I am on the side of the boat, yeah, that's me with the bunny ears, thanks to Mark Robertson, and Brad Derksen is on the far right. We had just finished diving Spotlight up on the Bonzai cliff line, and were heading down for Wing Beach. We decided to do a drift dive, to drop down into the crevasse at Wing Beach and then swim down to the Wing Beach Arch, the current was perfect for it that day.This is loooking down on the crevasse at Wing Beach after we rolled off the boat. It's pretty cool looking as it is this long crack in the ocean floor. The top of it is in about 30' of water and the bottom of it is about 85' where it comes out on the underwater cliff line. There are usually some big lionfish hanging out in the bottom of it, but they must have all had the day off.I was down in the crevasse as I took this shot of Kelli hovering above the top of the crevasse, looking down at me and taking a picture. I love the silhouette effect with the sun shining through the water. Visibility was great as usual at Wing Beach and the water seemed to be crystal clear.This is looking back through the crevasse, you can see divers descending into it. It's like this long underwater canyon carved right out of the rocks. It has a bunch of holes in the walls, with sea fans that dance back and forth with the current. You truly feel like you're on another planet when you're in there looking around.After exiting the crevasse to the right, the ocean floor starts to come up a little bit before forming another underwater cliff line and dropping off to well over 200'. Here you see Jeff Turbitt and Mark Robertson cruising over the bottom. Mark is much like me, always on the lookout for the next great picture.I watched this little fish go darting into this hole, leaving the back half of him and his tail exposed. I couldn't resist, I reached down and petted his tail, which he didn't seem real excited about. All the sudden he started making this loud sound over and over and over. I imagine it's what a rapidly beating heart sounds like through a stethoscope. Of course I had to show Kelli and make her pet his tail too.Here you see Kelli up above the entrance to the Wing Beach Arch. It is a little cut back into the side of the underwater cliff line, where the rock is hollowed out and has a very cool large swimthrough, forming an arch. The inside of it is covered in lace coral, and has tons of marine life covering it, everything from crinoids to nudibranchs. I was down in the covered section of the arch taking a picture of these divers who were also near the opening to the arch. You can see Mark Robertson in the background taking pictures of us in the Arch. It was truly a very cool spot to explore and check out.This crinoid, or feather star was hanging from the ceiling inside the Arch. You can see a couple divers in the background as they head out of the opening to the Arch. I thought the colors and shadows in this picture made it very cool and unique.This is what the ceiling and the walls of the Arch looked like, they were covered with the lace coral fans and the purple lace coral. It gave it a very exotic look, and if you looked really hard, you could find the occasional nudibranchs in it.This fish was just sitting there begging to have his picture taken, so how could I resist? It was truly an awesome dive, and the $45 per person charge for the boat seemed like a deal for the 2 dives. There was no dive guide, so we didn't have to worry about following someone else or following their dive agenda, we were just able to go down and enjoy ourselves and take our pictures.This was a bit of a sad site, looking up at the boat realizing that the dive is over and you have to go back. I'm just never ready for the dive to be over, and one of these days I'm sure that my gills will be fully developed enough that I won't have to go back up. One can always dream...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Boat Dive to Spotlight & Wing Beach Arch

Sunday afternoon Kelli & I took the Aquajet boat to Spotlight, which is on the cliff line right next to Bonzai cliff. It's a cave that goes back in under the cliff line, and there is a big hole in the table rock above the cave that allows a shaft of light to come down into the cave and create a spotlight effect. It's something that's very cool to see. Here you see Kelli right after she rolled off the boat, and yes the water really was that blue and clear, it was a gorgeous day to dive Spotlight.Here is the sight we saw as soon as we entered the cave set back into the cliff line. There was a beam of sunshine coming down through the water lighting up an 8 foot circle on the floor of the cave. You almost expected to find a pot of gold at the bottom of the beam, or some crystals that would open up the entrance to Superman's house, it just seemed that surreal.I kept trying to motion to Kelli to go and get in the light beam so I could take a picture of her in it, but I wasn't able to get my message across, so I had to settle for a shot of Mark Robertson in the light beam with his camera. I think there were an awful lot of pictures of me taking pictures of him taking pictures of me.This is what the hole at the top of the cave looked like that let the sun come streaming down into the cave. A cloud must have been passing over right then, or the water was all frothed up blocking the sun from coming through. It is also possible to do this dive by hiking down the cliff line to the hole in the table rock, then jumping down in through it. You want it to be pretty calm when you attempt it and getting out can be a bit tricky, but if you have half a mind to try it, this is the time of year when you can get away with it.After we started looking around a little bit inside the cave, we came across this big red lionfish, he was about 1 foot long and quite an impressive specimen. He was just floating idly near some rocks and was more than happy to let all of us take his picture.Then I discovered this very cool looking nudibranch on the side of a big rock inside the cave. It has characteristics similar to a Phyllidiella pustulosa, but it is also different. I've submitted it to http://www.nudipixel.net/ and am anxiously awaiting an ID from them. I think I added one more nudibranch to the species I've found so far on Saipan, but I need verification from them first.I found a little series of holes and caves going back in off the side of the main cavern, so of course I had to go exploring. As long as there is enough room for me to wiggle my body and tank through, I'll go in to take a look. This one went quite a ways back off to the side, and was pretty cool. This is looking out a hole from the side cave and seeing out the main entrance of the Spotlight cave.And while we were in the Spotlight cave, we saw another bunch of divers who had been brought out by boat coming toward the cave as well. It was kind of cool all the sudden seeing them descending down and heading toward the cave, it makes you feel as if you're being invaded by aliens or something.As I was looking over the coral on the walls, I came across these two Phyllidiella pustulosa nudibranchs. If you look closely at them, I think you can see some differences from the one I showed you earlier. Their little clusters of pustules are clearly separated from each other, unlike in the other nudibranch.And here you see Brad Derksen at the end of the dive checking his dive computer to see how much time he needs to burn off underwater before ascending to the boat. Brad was shooting video on the dive, so I'm looking forward to another one of his videos on his blog soon hopefully. For the boat ride and the dive at Wing Beach Arch, you'll have to wait for tomorrows blog.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Up Close and Personal With a Little Green Sea Turtle



This is a video I put together of a little Green sea turtle who kept coming up to me playing during my Saturday Grotto dive. He seemed very curious and just coming right up to me, bumping into me several times as he swam right at me. It was definitely one of the coolest experiences I've had with a turtle. If you enjoyed it, you might want to go and watch it on my Smugmug site, as the video quality is much better and cleaner, you can see it here http://saipandiver.smugmug.com/gallery/2569670_wt6XX#298028353_wAJ6E-A-LB

Saturday In The Grotto

Saturday I got dragged out of bed a little earlier than I probably would have preferred in order to go diving with Brad and a couple of his friends at the Grotto. The truth of the matter is I never complain when it means a Grotto dive. They were wanting someone to take them outside and through some of the holes and swimthroughs, I'm always happy to oblige. I've seen this little weed looking stuff before, but I don't recall ever taking a picture of it, therefore I didn't realize what a bright, vibrant color it had and all the detail on it. I'm just always intrigued by the new things I discover down there.I thought this little bunch of staghorn coral looked pretty cool when contrasted against the deep blue ocean background as well. I find more and more as I dive that I'm looking at things for how they would look in a picture, trying to determine what works and what doesn't. Thank goodness for the digital age, it allows me to experiment to my hearts content. When something doesn't work out, I just delete it, and I didn't have to pay to learn the lesson.There is a batch of anemone on the tall chimney rock outside of hole #2 at the Grotto, and a couple big double banded anemonefish that hang out there. It's always a challenge getting them centered in the frame and locking in the auto focus since they're always darting around, but I did manage to get one shot that I was happy with. I always have a great time just watching these guys for a while.Then I ran across this Peacock Grouper just sitting there waiting to have his picture taken. Usually when I try to get the camera into position, these guys take off, they're pretty skittish, but this one seemed fairly comfortable in his little spot.And of course it wouldn't be a normal dive for me if I didn't find a few nudibranchs. I found this Phyllidiella pustulosa on one of the big rocks right outside of the Grotto. I saw all of these guys ont the first half of the dive, when Brad and his friends were with me. But when they ran out of air and had to go back in, I decided to go back out to see wha tI could find. But that's going to have to wait for tomorrow's blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Another New Nudibranch

If you ever see me underwater and I'm stuck in one spot, taking picture after picture of something that you can't even see, it probably means I've found a nudibranch and I'm happily snapping away. I've learned that even if I think I've seen the nudibranch before, I still need to take a bunch of pictures of it, because there are a bunch of nudibranchs that all look very similar, and honestly I can't tell the difference. Such was the case with the nudibranch pictured above. I saw it on our Mother's Day dive at Lau Lau. It looked like several other nudibranchs I've seen countless times, Phyllidia elegans, Phyllidia madagensis, etc. But I took several dozen pictures anyway, because you just never know. I always submit all nudibranchs I find to the http://www.nudipixel.net/ website, and say "I don't know" for the ID, I figure I'll let them determine what it is and let me know. That's exactly what I did with this guy, only to find out it was a brand new nudibranch for me, it's a Phyllidia tula. So I was quite excited when I found that out.I did the same thing with this nudibranch I posted several days ago that I found on a Grotto night dive. It turns out I have found one of these one time before. I was at about 105' at Lau Lau and I turned over a big rock, and there he was, stuck to the bottom of it. The one at Lau Lau was all bunched up and not elongated like this one, but it is the same thing Dendrodoris elongata. But thanks to Erwin Kodiat at nudipixel, I got a positive ID on it and now know what it is. I am keeping all the different species of nudibranchs I come across filed in their own gallery on my smugmug online picture gallery at http://www.saipandiver.smugmug.com/ You can go there and click on the nudibranch gallery to see all the various species I've come across so far.And I was quite excited when I came across this Glossodoris tibeoli at Lau Lau on Mother's Day as well. It's only the 3rd one I've ever seen, and it was a great specimen just crawling along on a rock, so I got a bunch of very good pictures of it. I'm turning into some kind of a freak though, the second I saw it, I was thinking, Awesome - Glossodoris tibeoli, yup, I even had the latin name on the tip of my tongue. Most divers just swim right by these guys never seeing them or giving them a second look, but I think they're quite fascinating if you spend some time just observing them. I'm getting ready to place an order to buy some of Neville Coleman's Nudibranch Encyclopedia which has just recently been published, and contains about 20 of my nudibranch shots in it. I'll be getting it for quite a bit less than the advertised price as I'll be buying in bulk and he's offering me a price break as a contributor, so if you'd like a copy, please contact me and let me know, and I'll get back to you with the price I can get it for. And if you'd like to see what it's like before commiting to buying one, just let me know, I have a copy you're welcome to check out first.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mother's Day Dive

I never thought I'd see the day when Kelli would want to go diving over anything else, but it's finally happened. So when I told her about a boat dive to Bonzai & Spotlight on Mother's Day, and that there was a good possibility we'd see dolphins, she said to sign us up. But sometimes mother nature throws you a curve, this time it was in the form of a typhoon off to our west a bit. That meant that we were getting pounded by big waves on the west side of the island, and the boat dive got cancelled. We were both disappointed for a few minutes, until we saw the waves that is, then we were both very thankful we weren't going to be on a boat in them. But when diving is bad on one side of the island, it's generally good on the other side, so we decided to just go to Lau Lau. But since it was Mother's Day, Kelli decided to tell Sarah & Chris she wanted them to go with us diving. Chris was all for it, but you could tell it wasn't Sarah's first choice. She did finally consent to go though, and I think she even enjoyed herself. In the picture above you see her heading into the fish ball at Lau Lau.Here you see Sarah and Chris surrounded by fish. The fish ball seemed to have everybody's attention so we just hung out there for a while and became part of the fish for a while. There is something very cool about being in the middle of thousands of fish swirling in a ball when they just let you become a part of them.

Here you see Kelli and Sarah, mother & daughter enjoying a fishy Mother's Day. I have people ask me all the time, aren't you scared down there, aren't you worried about things that might get you? The answer is no and no. It is so peaceful underwater, it is truly like escaping to another existance. I'm always looking for new things, something I haven't seen before. I never get tired of it and I never get bored.And here you see Chris & Sarah with the fish ball just barely visible in the background. They are evidently doing some kind of underwater communication. I have to admit, my underwater communication skills aren't the best, especially when I'm on the receiving end. It was certainly one of the more memorable Mother's Days I can ever remember, and I think everybody had a great time underwater. I'll share some of the other sights from the dive on tomorrows blog.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Another Grotto Night Dive

This is a polyclad flatworm, not a nudibranch. These are flat and have no rhinopores or gills. They are a fairly common sighting on a night dive in the Grotto, but you'll occasionally see them on day dives as well.This is a fairly common shell to see on night dives, it's a Cypraea Carneola. They will typically be about an inch long, have a rich golden color and some light bands going across the width of the shell. This guy did not have his mantle fully covering his shell, which makes him stand out when a light hits him.This is a banded candy cane shrimp. They are a very common sighting in little holes and in between rocks. This guy looked like he was asking "what are you looking at?" He wasn't the least bit timid and didn't back away at all when I put my camera up close to him to get a macro shot.This is a Bornella anguilla nudibranch, the big one on the right that looks like a little dragon with a cool pattern on it. The little snake like looking thing on the left is something I never saw when I was taking the pictures, it was too small. It wasn't until I got home and started looking at the pictures on the computer that I discovered it. I have no idea what it is, but I'm assuming it's some kind of a little worm.This crab was just hanging out on a coral covered wall looking for his next meal. Even though most of the critters down there have some amazing camouflaging abilities, once you train your eyes and get used to looking for certain characteristics, you'll be amazed how things just pop out at you.But this is what I got the most excited about on the dive. We went quite a bit later than what I normally start my night dives, we didn't hit the water until about 9 pm. That gave the critters extra time to come out and start moving around. This is a nudibranch I've never seen before, he has interesting rows of gills going up and down his body, and has two very clear rhinopores at his head. I have submitted him to nudipixel.net, but at this point they list him as an unidentified species. Hopefully they'll come up with an ID for him in the next day or two and I can give it to you here.And I just saw this guy for the first time on my last night dive, it's a Pleuredhera haraldi. They are fairly small, and blend in with the sponges on the rocks, so they are very hard to spot, unless you get lucky enough to catch one as he is moving. You certainly see a different variety of critters the later you go though, so I'm going to have to do some midnight dives coming up I can tell.And this is the license plate number of a blue and yellow 20 passenger mini bus that was sitting down by the side of the road in the Grotto when we pulled in. While I was diving outside the Grotto, I had some fishing line and a sinker go whizzing past me in the water. So I suppose it's possible that it's just a coincidence this old beat up bus with expired license plates was down there late at night, and there were illegal fishermen there at the same time, but I seriously doubt it. We went looking for them on the cliff line, but I think they hid when they heard us coming. And yes I did call Fish & Wildlife, I'm curious to find out what the outcome of that was, but they did show up.