Got up bright and early this morning in anticipation of taking off for the West end of the island to participate in what they called a pier clean up. Only pier on the island big enough to host a cruise ship. A couple of local dive shops teamed up to sponsor the effort along with a local eatery that fed the divers when they were done. I’d say they had close to 40 divers for the event – and all of the divers spent their entire dive, swimming along side and under the full length of the pier picking refuse up off the sea floor. There were lots of plastic bottles and plastic cups, Mardi Gras beads, dive masks, a dive knife, miles and miles of fishing line including weights and hooks and a countless number of other types of junk that was picked up, bagged up and hauled back to the shore and collected. (you can see some pictures of FB about it at: https://www.facebook.com/adventuresindivingstx )
It was the first time I had ever taken part in an event like that. They teamed me up with another lone diver and in we went. It was a lot different from all the other dives I’ve ever made. First off, I did not have a dive master with me to make sure I didn’t do anything dangerous or stupid – or to help keep an eye on my air supply. Actually, my dive buddy was apparently less experienced than I was (as far as ratings go) and she kept calling me the instructor…. I did manage not to get lost, or run out of air (barely) so I called the dive a success and feel a lot more confident about the fact, I think I could safely make a dive now without a dive master leading the way. Now I just have to find me a dive buddy~!
I got to do a little bit of site seeing while I was down there….. spotted 3 different small Moray Eels and a whole wad of Lobster~! Water clarity left a lot to be desired as there were a lot of fins stirring up silt off the bottom – and every time you pulled on fishing line….. you usually pulled up a bunch of silt with it. I didn’t take my camera with me, as I was there to ‘work’……. so, sorry – no underwater pix today.
None-the-less- it was a dive – in that cool refreshing beautiful water – and it helped out the environment – or at least I like to think it does, and a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
Going furniture shopping tomorrow for some stuff for our new place (on the owners dime)……. woo-hoo~~
Good night ya’ll …… Thankx for stopping in……!