Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It Wasn't Even The Weekend Yet!

I guess I'm getting a bit of a reputation as someone who is willing to take people out diving. A guy who works with my wife and who is also a friend of mine asked her last week if I'd be willing to take a friend of his out diving who is here visiting from Manila. Of course the answer is always yes. This is Maricar, it was her first time ever being out of the Philippines and her plane ride to come here was her first plane ride ever. So just driving around Saipan and seeing the island was a thrill to her. I got the call asking if she could go diving with me just as I was heading out for a late Friday afternoon dive, so I told them to meet me at the dive shop in a half hour and we'd head for Wing Beach. It was a -0.9' low tide that day, so it meant walking out to the cut was almost dry the entire way, just the way you want to catch it.It seemed like every lionfish at Wing Beach came out to welcome Maricar that day. At first we saw these two, it seemed like they were doing some kind of dance. Then we saw 2 more, and 2 more and 2 more, and another one in this hole and then another one in another hole. It was ridiculous, I don't think I've ever seen so many lionfish all in the same place at the same time like that. But they were certainly putting on quite the show.It was truly a memorable dive just because of the incredible number of lionfish all out in the open spreaking their feathers and just floating on the current. Maricar didn't seem spooked by all the poisonous little critters and did just fine on the dive. All of this diving and we hadn't even hit the weekend yet, it was only Friday late afternoon. Of couse the diving didn't stop once the weekend hit, and Kelli had some brand new gear to initiate. Those pictures coming tomorrow.