Morning dive has became a routine for me now. 6:00 in the morning and we are out in the water, today was just me, Bryce, and Edd. We went out a little further this time, almost to the outer reef. The water was as cold as ever but I dove in with my rashguard and swimming pants instead of wetsuit, it was bone chilling cold. We then went to the outer reef today as recommended. At the bay we saw a squid just floating around in the shallow water. It was just taunting us at that point. After a short ride on a boat, the real dive began. Right of the bat we saw 4 sea turtles lazing around at the bottom of the sea, getting clean by the wrasses. They were right in front of us, at arm reach, the only thing prevented me from doing so is the set of 341 regulations mentions on the previous blog. A little bit after that I heard someone yelling above the surface, it was Saul who spotted an octopus hiding on a coral. He alert everyone, being a real homie. After that, I spotted a sea turtle appearing behind Cassie. It was a very close encounter, we took videos of it just before the got swarmed by people. They are also reports of a manta ray spotted during the dive but I missed it. But at the very least I caught something very exciting on the camera. This is the closet I can get without startle him.
This is Eddnadius americanus in his natural habitat. The stripes on the lower body is a clear distinction from the other in the Eddnadius family. The vivid blue fins indicated his excellent health. Only one sighting were reported at Heron island, it was two years ago. We might have caught him during his migration path. Native to the northern hemisphere, he was a long way from home. He was trying to make friend with local wildlife but with no such luck. This sighting alone make the trip worth it.