Brad, Dan and Scott's Sailing Adventure

"There she is boys! The SS More Powerful than Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and the Incredable Hulk combined." This space will be used to post updates of our odyssey.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Turtle Power!

After anchoring in Coral Bay yesterday we decided to go snorkling despite the poor conditions. Dan, Hal, and I dinghied to a good coral outcropping that we had found on a previous visit. The moderate winds were kicking up an equivolent moderate chop. This was stirring up a lot of sediment, reducing visibility to about 15 feet. Hal quickly spotted a large three-foot sea turtle resting on the bottom. I handed Hal my speargun, got a good breath of air and dove down to the turtle. He saw me approach but foolishly hesitated in making his escape. I gripped him firmly on both shoulders and he took off like a rocket. We cruised over the bottom at a good speed. Hal, having dived down with me, struggle to keep pace but was thwarted when his laughter caused his mask and lungs to fill with water. I tryed to kick upwards and bring the turtle toward the surface, but it became apparent that I was very much not in charge of where we would be going. I finally had to disengage as my breath ran out. Now that we've expierenced this thrill no sea turtle is safe in the caribbeaen sea.

3 Comments:

  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger Sandy said…

    That sounded like quite a "ride" with the Turtle. How great to have the chance to do something like that. Are Dan and Hal going to give it a go too? Sandy

     
  • At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Dan said…

    Unlikely. For some reason it seems that the turtles don't want to be riden. And given the fact that they can swim about 10 times faster than us, I think it's going to be a decision that they make.

     
  • At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Brad weren't you there that night when my dad was telling you all how to bring a turtle to the surface by just holding onto one fin and that makes him force himself to the surface.
    Bon

     

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