Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Swimming With Turtles!

This is a combination of a few clips I took over the weekend of some of our turtle encounters. Yes, it really is as cool as it looks, swimming with a turtle is something I don't think you'll ever forget. It's like becoming a part of the ocean and all the sudden being in perfect harmony with nature. Watching the video is cool, but trust me it doesn't even come close to what it feels like to be down there with them. If you'd like to see some of my other videos, you can check them out on my www.saipandiver.smugmug.com site, they are in the Underwater gallery. And I also have quite a few videos uploaded to www.youtube.com Just do a search for saipandiver, and it should pull them up. Are you ready for your Axe Murderers Tour?

A Weekend of Turtles

Here is how I found this big Hawksbill turtle this past Saturday afternoon. Hozumi was ready for one of her semi-annual dives, so I took her and Kelli to Lau Lau. We saw the turtle fairly soon in the dive, so we followed him around for a while getting a bunch of pictures and some video. He was in no hurry to go anywhere, stopping occasionally to nibble something on the bottom.Here you see Hozumi just swimming alongside the big old Hawksbill turtle, enjoying her underwater getaway. Sometimes you just need to escape from all the hassles and phones on land and go down to spend some turtle time. There is something very therapeutic about it. Unless of course you're Barry Wonenberg, in which case you take your phone diving with you. Yup, he followed my example and took his Razor cell phone diving with him on Memorial Day. It was the same day I got bitten by George, and he took his phone on the Grotto dive. So it really wasn't his fault as he had to take me to the hospital first, and call Maggie, but of course I still got a good chuckle out of it and had to tease him about it.Here you see two of my favorite dive buddies finally underwater together. I think this was the first time that Hozumi and Kelli had even gone diving together. As much as Hozumi seems to enjoy herself when she is down there, it seems a shame that she only goes a couple times a year.Sunday afternoon I went out with Zandra and Barry, pictured above. Zandra had a couple friends she wanted who wanted to try out diving, so I took them out one at a time. Zandra has been an on and off dive buddy for the past year and a half or so, but now she's getting ready to move back to Florida, so her days of diving here are numbered.Here you see Zandra and Tami Winkfield enjoying their dive at Lau Lau. Tami has spent thousands of hours on top of the water as she was one of the stand out swimmers for the Saipan Swim Club for years, but this was her very first journey beneath the waters. I think she enjoyed it and had a good time discovering what was beneath her all that time. As we were heading back toward the rope, this little Green sea turtle came out from around this rock and started heading straight toward us. He was a totally mellow turtle who didn't mind hanging with us at all. After the dive, Zandra said this turtle made this her best dive ever, and of course it was Tami's first and only dive, therefore it was her best dive ever as well!Here you see why this was Zandra's best dive ever. They just swam alongside this little guy for the longest time. The little Green sea turtle was very accomodating and was just like one of the divers. If you've never experienced how cool it is to dive with a turtle, you just don't know what you're missing. Tomorrow I'll have a video clip of our turtle time over the weekend, hope you enjoyed!