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And then there was darkness

And then there was darkness...

-you know how there are days when you wish you would not have left your bed in the morning?

October 04
On my way out to Coiba on the Panamanian west coast again. -today's ride is really smooth compared to yesterdays flying and bumping into waves and then rain and wind that was hitting us in the face all day.

Dive 1: Visibility 5 - 10m and all I remembered after the dive was: yellow frog-fish, bottom-times on Suunto sucks -> buy new computer.

Stopped at the ranger station on the Coiba island, some strange tapir like animal waked by. -a large crocodile (5m) appeared in the water just a few meters away from the beach. Went back to the boat (that was in the water, where most boats are...), got my camera, was not allowed in the water together with the crocodile. A really pretty bird landed just next to me: pitch black / dark read belly and a white line at the eye.

Dive 2: all I remember was: bottom-times on Suunto sucks -> buy new computer.

Dive 3: Following the mooring line down and I can just see the bottom, divemaster Julie shakes the rattle and points out in the blue: Black bus with white spots on it passing by: Hmmm that can only be one thing, a whale shark :) -I did not know even lift my camera, I just watched this very large "fish" swim by. Two minutes later, it appeared again, this time my camera was set to whale shark mode. -the shark came within meters away me, I just needed the "solid" shoal of jacks in between me and the shark to move out of the picture... Julie rattled, I did not really want to take my eyes of the whale shark in front of me but I had a quick look behind: a larger bus was passing just behind me :) -it continued like this for another ten minutes, -and I got the answer to one of the questions that have been keeping me awake the last few years: It does gets dark when a whale shark passes just over your head :) A few minutes after the whale sharks had left us we could hear humpbacks singing, it's an amazing feeling, some of the "notes" you can really feel in you chest. -occasional whitetips (whitetip reef sharks) was passing by, a spotted eagle ray (most of it's tail was missing) flew in an had a look at us, 6 whitetips resting together on the bottom (one quite big). -could hear dolphins chatting and then a 8 minute safety stop that took me 14 minutes. -bottom-times on Suunto sucks -> buy new computer.

Some days you just wish they will be over, but this was not one of those days :) This day I was smiling from when I got up until I went to bed. Yes bottom-times on Suunto sucks, but I had two good dives, one of my best surface intervals ever and then a dive as brilliant as they gets...

Hope you are having a good time as well :)
// Magnus;



PS
For the dive geeks, I was using my Stinger. The D9 gives slightly more time if you turn deep-stops on.... But nowhere near an Oceanic that have not been in the water the last few days...
DS

PPS
The crocodiles name is Tito and he would never eat a skinny Swede (?), fish and German tourists, that's another story...
DDS
Expeditions: North America, Panama

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