I was trying to find some of these old dolphin photos in response to a comment from a reader. I checked an old external storage drive, and though I didn’t find the dolphin set I had in mind, I did find another set which I thought had been lost in time too! I always felt badly because those pictures were of one of the best days I’ve ever had in my life.
I spent it with friends going from dive spot to dive spot, gorging on fresh fruit, and sleeping in the sand. I had some insanely deep dives with bottom time that made me worry that I might black out by pure oxygen deprivation. My out of water static hold was about 3 minutes 15 seconds (chop that in half for a good total time on an ocean dive). I don’t know, but it felt like I was getting in 2 minute dives.
During the descents, it was like wildlife was attracted to me. I saw 3 foot peacock grouper, beautiful though invasive, a baby snowflake moray eel, and all sorts of tangs and butterfly fish. Seeing lots of wildlife always helps my dive because I go into a meditative state whenever I watch sea life. There’s something about the way things move in water that mesmerizes me.
I may have carried a pound and a half more in lead belt weights than I should have. That may account for my increased bottom time. Still, getting to surface didn’t feel like I was dragging that extra weight. Things just clicked that day. As The Ramones would say… (yes, a soundtrack to my dives…)
Diving can be pretty sedating.