Saturday, March 26, 2011

Creatures of the Deep

We've been getting in some snorkeling the past few days.  The last anchorage where we were even boasted a whole slew of lemon sharks, ranging from three to eight feet in length.  Of course, we didn't know they were there until after we had swam about 300 yards to the beach, when a good Samaritan cruiser dinghyed up to us to let us know and offered us a ride back to our boat, which we happily accepted.  We thought he was telling tall tales at first - but sure enough - after dinner as Scott was collecting water for dishes, a shadowy silhouette that could belong to nothing other than a shark glided effortlessly under the boat and swam around our stern for a while.  I opted not to snorkel in that harbor the rest of our stay - but we did enjoy seeing this little fellow rear his bulbous head when we threw over some scraps leftover from lunch!  I've said it before and I'll say it again - the sea creates some of the most magnificently bizarre and beautiful creatures on this planet.

Brittany & Scott


Neophyte Cruiser said...

Nice shot of a "pufferfish" in the family Tetraodontidae. Handsome fish to photograph but not so good to eat. They're belong to the same family as the fish the Japanese use for Fugu. Swimming with Lemon sharks must have been exhilarating!

Bob Harwig said...

If it makes you feel any better, according to Wikipedia "There have been 22 known lemon shark attacks since 1580 with no deaths." Those are some pretty good odds, unless 1580 is a typo.

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