Jan

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a href=”http://caribbeanrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/eagle-1b.jpg”>well, our water finally has cooled off somewhat, and depending upon whose computer you trust the temps are somewhere between 81 degrees and 77 degrees. personally i find computers to be either pessimistic or optimistic– mine is the latter and my friend tony’s the former.

but no mind– with the lowered temperatures come the eagle rays, to mate and hang out. we see them more often on the park reefs– singles and pairs mostly. if you really want to SEE THE EAGLE RAYS you need to go to the north, to a wall that is called “cantarell”. we drop off the boat and proceed towards the wall, either fighting the current to get into the wall or fighting it to get out to the wall, as the current is always messing with you there. finally we arrive at a place where there is a little bit of shelter from the current and i get the clients to take the air out of their BCDs and settle down and wait a bit. it usually takes a few minutes, but finally they start poking their noses out of the somewhat darkened water to the north– as if stepping from behind an invisible curtain they appear– two, no three… ahh, five, nope six. finally at times there are squadrons of ten or a dozen of them, slowly moving up against the current, like stately ships they move.this last time there were only eight, but they kept on coming back and around, closer and closer. we maintained our positions and stayed down, making no agressive actions, and the eagle rays kept moving along, coming closer and closer yet. thanks to the miracle of nitrox, we could extend our stay along the wall, and the longer we stayed the closer they came. the rays are as curious about us as we are about them, and when they feel safe and secure they get downright friendly.it seems like they have sortuv cat’s eyes, with a vertical slit for a pupil, and they are checking us out pretty good. all super stuff, but their last pass before we had to exit the wall, our bottom time getting a little low and some people’s air getting a little low, was stupendous– they were maybe three four five feet away, balanced and majestic, hardly moving, watching us intently watching them.

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