One of the best things about running a dive shop is that no 2 days are ever the same. The guests change, the conditions change and the sea life changes, so I can never do the same dive twice. It would be like having your office decorated daily, and how exciting would that be?!!
Last week, I dove Majahuitas 4 times. I freely admit it is my favourite site in the bay and one I tend to encourage my guests to book as it never fails to please. The conditions there are always the best in the bay with the clearest, warmest water and very little, if any, currents. It is also amazingly pretty to look at topside.
Underneath the surface though, it is packed full of big schools of fish and many little critters like my favourites, the sea slugs (nudibranchs), shrimps and the garden eels. On a bad day, I can find at least 3 different types of slugs. They come in all sizes ranging from 5mm to 20mm in length and they are decked out in the most unusual and delicate colours and patterns imaginable.
The garden eels, of which there are thousands, are found in a large sandy patch at around 70 feet of water. When you swim over them, they retract into the sand, but when you give them some distance, they pop out to around 1 foot in length and sway around like tall grass blowing in the wind, which is quite apt really as the literal translation of the word Majahuitas means tall grass. Amazing how Mother Nature knows these things.
Last week, as I was making my way down to the garden eels, I saw the cutest little cleaner shrimp perched on top of a rock. I haven´t seen one of these in the longest time, so I will admit I got a little bit excited. Nothing was growing on this rock, so I gently placed my hand a few inches from where the shrimp was, and within a minute, the shrimp came to me and started giving me the best manicure ever.
The next day, I explained this to a guest who thought it sounded really cool, which it is, and she said she would like me to show her it. Finding a tiny transparent shrimp in a large ocean is quite the task, but I had noted where it was and thankfully it was still there. I placed my hand down and the shrimp duly jumped onto my hand and started nibbling away. I removed my hand to let my guest enjoy this sweet interaction, but the shrimp was not interested. Maybe the shrimp didn´t think she needed pampering as much as I did.
This was soon forgotten when we dived through the Devil´s Mouth on the second dive at Los Arcos and were confronted with a giant manta ray with a 15 foot wingspan that proceeded to eyeballed us both!
This just goes to prove the old adage that size really doesn´t matter when you are looking for a thrill!