Thursday, August 29, 2019

Short swim but worth it!

I have had a respiratory issue for almost two weeks. I was told it was a "cold". Not sure I'm buying that, but when I went into the water for the first time in 11 days (but who's counting?!), the first thing I heard was wheezing. I thought: Oh no! I don't want to listen to that for 2 or 3 hours. No lie.

So I swam back across from the deep side into the Keiki Pond, thinking I would try to see an octopus and maybe the frogfish, then get out. I guess wheezing is exacerbated by the snorkel. That is, your breathing is really loud!

So God gifted me with an octopus, almost right away:
 Yes, the trevally helped me see the octopus. Can you spot it?

Here it is again. There's a bit of sun on the octopus...just to the left of the pebbles, in that den.

The trevally senses something interesting, but didn't investigate too closely. The octopus will blow rocks and pebbles out of any hole that it's interested in occupying, so that's sometimes how you can spot them. In other areas, they throw off the shells of the animals that they have had for lunch. Or in this case, perhaps breakfast.

Needless to say, I was very excited to see this octopus. It almost gave me permission to get out and sit upright, where there's less wheezing! But I wanted to see if the frogfish was there. Which it wasn't. I should say, I didn't see it! Just because it evaded my gaze is no reason to say it wasn't there. Even though it's bright yellow, it can hide in a gap in the reef and become almost invisible. Also, it has been 11 days, so it perhaps moved around. Here's hoping to see it next time.
 I was able to spot the Leaf Fish. Can't prove it's the same one I saw last time, but it was in the same area. I do think they are fascinating fish.

Needle fish. The water wasn't clear.
 And a nice snoozing seal on the beach.

And a shell still in use. 

A nice swim, even if I wasn't in tip-top shape. Hoping and praying that I'll soon be back to my normal health.

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