I will never be an astronaut, but I am an aquanaut. I can still don my life support system and explore a weightless world, enveloped by a potentially hostile environment, encountering alien life forms as the ultimate explorer.
I have found a place where my buoyancy is an asset. Where I can glide with the grace of a great white, soar with the serenity of a swordfish, drift with the dexterity of a damselfish.
I was awakened to this awareness on night dive off the coast of St. Kitts, West Indies. We waited aboard the boat, for the last remnants of daylight to fade. Once we were able to peer over the side into the darkness of the deep we knew it was time to depart the safety of our dry, air-rich environment. We had a pre-excursion briefing, geared up and giant strided into oblivion.
Our underwater spotlights, radiated like searchlights from space rovers in a futuristic movie. The only illumination to the dimness being what we brought with us. The shadows from the Talata wreck hovered like the abandoned hull of a deserted S.S. Enterprise. I was treated to a personal fireworks display of bioluminescent marine microbes, sparkling like swirling stars when agitated in the wake of my passing. Nocturnal crustaceans and other creatures crawled across the sea floor, oblivious to our presence. Basketstars unfurled their tendrils to trap their daily rations. Around me the landscape and its inhabitants flowed at the leisurely pace only possible in a density thicker than breathable air.
It was then that I beheld him. The largest, most majestic hawksbill turtle I have ever seen, seemingly larger than even Gamara himself. He seemed to hover in the vacuum of space, surrounded only by the planktonic life reflecting my dive light like celestial bodies light years away. It was in that moment, that I found bliss, and will ever reminisce the kiss of the abyss.
I will never be an astronaut, but I am an aquanaut, where deep space is only a dive trip away…
Well nice pics. The camera situation. Curtis Samuel mentioned a few site that allow you to find a housing for a particular camera. He may also know of a website or two you can go to find a good camerat hat meets your needs.
May want to email him.
Have fun on the trip to Maui! Sounds like fun. Might be something you may want to recommend to the AUE dive committee for 2009. Just a thought.
"Doc," It sounds like you had an intriguing experience beneath the sea in St Kitts during a night dive. Your writing was very descriptive and poetic. I, too
have had the enjoyable experience of SCUBA diving in the clear waters of St. Kitts and Nevis. Welcome aboard the DAP Network where you'll always find
other "Aquanauts," with a passion for the Aquatic Environment. Check us out!