Belize Dive: 3
Avg/Max Depth: 44/68
Buddies: Ted, Nick, Curtis, Kristen, Cindy, Ellie
We hung out at the dive shop for our surface interval. Between the breeze and the shade, the tempurature was quite comfortable. I spotted a weird looking animal with a long nose and fluffy tail tied to a vendor stand on the beach. Loidy told me it was called a quash, like an anteater or raccoon, but house trained. Cindy and I walked closer to get a better look. It was a cute little thing, a baby too. Rudy said one of his kids has a quash named Tequila. He said they can’t leave anything sitting around because the quash sticks its little nose into everything, lolllll.
After the surface interval, we ventured back out to the choppy waters for our second dive at Esmeralda. This was the site with the sandy bottom where the sharks hung out. Loidy brought a food tube along, and in no time a pile of nurse sharks joined us. A moray eel also came out to play. It was neat because we’ve never seen one swimming about so boldly. They usually just sit under rocks and look ominous. The eel also bonked Loidy in the mask. Entertaining stuff.
I was in the process of descending to touch the sharks when one of the zipperheads from the other group descended on top of my head. I ended up being sandwiched uncomfortably between the ground, her, and Rudy and Ellie. I had to squirm my way out, trying not to stir up the bottom or kick anyone else. After that the sharks got crowded, so I just hung out above. It’s okay, I’m sure there will be another shark touching opportunity in the next 8 days.
The rest of the dive went well and my ear didn’t give me issues. The safety stop was a bit dizzying again, but it didn’t seem as bad as the first time. And neither of them were even close to as bad as the dive in 2007!
Because the dive shop is taking care of our gear, I have to remember to write down what’s in my dive computer before leaving the boat. I forgot this time, that’s why there’s a bunch of missing info at the top. Do not fear. I will fill it out in a timely matter. ;)