|snorkeling the clear blue waters inWEST BAY|
|the flight of theTURTLEin shallow waters|
I was also very excited I was finally going to put the underwater casing for my Olympus Pen E-PL1 camera to good use and for what it was originally intended for. It gave me the opportunity to take some nice diving and snorkeling clips plus photographs from the beautiful reefs of Utila and Roatan and arrange them to create the short film shown above. I aptly named it “Diver’s Delight”, and added the super cool tracks Feel the Love and Strangers in the Wind from Aussie band Cut Copy as background music to spice up the video even more.
|a Black Jack poses inHERBIE'S PLACE|
The intro as well as the first clip of the green sea turtle seen on the video were taken in Roatan while snorkeling in very shallow water close to shore. One can observe that in contrast to the diving content which appears bluish and dull at greater depths, the snorkeling sections which are usually taken from the surface appear more vivid and rich in color, displaying more accurately the full palette of colors of the underwater world. In diving 101 you learn that this takes place because the deeper you go, the water ends up absorbing the left side of the color spectrum; this means the reds, orange, yellows, and greens are the first colors to disappear leaving only the blue and purple tones in the end. Why this turtle was roaming so close to shore and to swimmers swarming all around it, I cannot say, but I've heard it is not uncommon for turtles to hang around close to West Bay beach around the month of April. In addition to the impressive shots of the turtle I also managed to catch some barracudas, a lone and very large black jack swimming in front of us and also my first lionfish sighting. You may have already heard of this unique fish. Originally a species found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, they have reproduced uncontrollably in the Caribbean and the waters of the Southeast US. It turns out some of these guys accidentally escaped from their sea aquariums during Hurricane Andrew which hit the state of Florida in 1992, and without any local natural predators to control their population, they have reproduced indiscriminately and negatively impacted the reef habitats all over this part of the world. The Roatan Marine Park (RMP), a nonprofit organization in charge of protecting Roatan’s coral reefs, has done a great job of controlling this invasive species in their immediate area. I can provide proof of this, since I have been diving in the Marine Park in Roatan since 2004 and only came across one very small specimen this past year (2011). The same cannot be said about the reefs off the coast of Tela, which are paradoxically incredibly healthy, but to my surprise, overwhelmed by large number of lionfish of all shapes and sizes (more on this in the "Diving in the Bay Islands,no wait… did you say Tela???", entry).
|theLIONFISHcreating havoc all over the Caribbean|