Dan and Justy Down Under


March 2, 2005


One story from the diving: Clam Gardens.

My neck is stiff from constantly turning around to see everything. I see a cloud of smallish yellow and black fish, likely damsels. Nice, but not spectacular here. I almost turn away, but I spot a tiny piece of fluff in the water tumbling near one of the closest damsels.

As I subconsciously suspected, the damsel gulps it down. I am pleased to see a fish eating, however minor this might be, when the fish spits it back out intact.

Huh, I think. Another damsel rushes in to take advantage. He too changes his mind after but a short interval. This scene is repeated several more times.

Finally, the bulk of my presence wards off the school and I am left alone with the piece of fluff, who is not fluff at all. He is a tiny nudibranch of purple and yellow.

It took effort to see him for what he was, tumbling through an ocean akin to our milky way to us. I guided him gently over to Justine for a picture. He eventually climbed onto my hand. Justy took the pix. I delivered him to a nearby coral head and it was over.

Itinerary Highlights
January 20: Winery Tour
21-23: Moreton Bay Diving
25: Australia Zoo
26-30: Lady Elliot Island
February 13: Diving the Yongala
15-17: Cape Tribulation + Daintree Rain Forest
17-20: Atherton Tablelands
22-28: Coral Sea Diving Liveaboard
March 11-13: OzTek Dive Conference: Sydney
14: Fly to New Zealand
20: Poor Knights Islands Diving
31: Mt. Cook
April 2-4: Queenstown
TBD: To Be Dreamed

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