|I swear there are rocks right there!|
Near our anchorage are rocky outcroppings and a couple of rusting wrecks that are always surrounded by colorful pangas and snorkeling tourists, and since this part of the world is a snorkeling and diving hot spot, we decided to join in. We anchored the dinghy, flipped over backward out of the boat and proceeded to paddle around looking at all the vibrantly colored fish. It was like swimming through an aquarium.
There were angel fish and parrot fish and little box-shaped fish with horns and spots and fish with yellow and white stripes and a streak of blue beside their eyes, as though they were wearing eye shadow. They would swim right up to you and stop, staring with what seemed like curiosity. The rocky outcroppings looked barren above the water, but below the water they were steep cliffs covered in sea fans and anemones.
We did run into one big fish that was probably around five feet long and looked as if it were fairly sure that that particular piece of the ocean was his and his alone. It wasn't a barracuda, but we decided to head in a different direction nonetheless. Ok, let's face it. The dude was pretty intimidating!
All in all, it was amazing and beautiful and not even half of what we will get to see as we journey farther south. We have got to get a waterproof camera. Oh, and I'm happy to say that we successfully imported Bettie. Now we're completely legal!