IMG_0426 (Large) (2)Yesterday was my first time scuba diving at night! We saw many creatures that are never around during our daytime dives, like dozens of four-foot-long sea cucumbers. These snake-like creatures have white, feathered tentacles sprouting from their alien faces which they use to feel around on the rocks for food. These creepy tentacles would quickly retract when we shined our lights on them. Their long, segmented bodies slowly pulsated like a centipede as they squirmed around on the rocks.

IMG_0416 (Large)It was about 7 PM, and we had just finished a dinner of fish tacos. The fish was speared by Brian just hours earlier and I baked it with a thick covering of pineapple salsa. After dinner we took the dinghy to our dive site we nicknamed “The Aquarium” because of all the fish we’ve seen there. From the small pool of light cast by our flashlight, we could see the silky surface of the water as the dinghy glided along, and nothing else. We arrived at the jagged point of the bay, scanned the irregular, rocky shore with our lights, and dropped our small dinghy anchor.

During the day at The Aquarium thousands of fish busily worked a small reef and the water was clear and deep blue. We could see all the way to the rippled, diffused light at the surface from 40 feet below. Tonight the ocean was black and mysterious.

IMG_0413 (Large)We descended and as soon as we reached the bottom we began seeing bizarre things, like sea hares. Sea hares are waddling, blob-like invertebrates with a sexy secret life. After the dive we found all sort of videos online about their hermaphroditic orgies! Apparently adult sea hares can mate as a male or female or both, and often have mass orgies in which sea hares form long conga-line-like chains of individuals fertilizing and being fertilized. Wow. Unfortunately, the sea hares were not exhibiting any sensual behavior during our dive.

IMG_0437 (Large) We shined our lights all around and found great visibility in all directions, about 50 feet. Conditions were perfect. We continued to explore. We saw many sleeping fish hovering motionlessly in the water with their eyes wide open. It was fun to get a closer look at several huge fish which would normally never let me get near them while they are awake. The parrot fish pictured at right was really cute, suspended in a little cave with a toothy grin on his face! The fish sleep with their eyes open and are so entranced that we could swim right up and touch them.

IMG_0440 (Large)Last but not least, toward the end of the dive we found a tiny cave with three creatures inside: a large lobster, a baby lobster and a moray eel. What would cause these creatures to want to spend time together, share a cave? I guess none of them would want to eat the other. Maybe that is a good enough reason?


Lisa Hackett

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Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a tall, blonde superhero and I live in a van. I do it all. I rappel big waterfalls, drive from Idaho to Alaska solo, live and work in a van in the wilderness and dodge encounters with wolves and bears. Seriously. More

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Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a tall, blonde superhero and I live in a van and on a sailboat with my superhero husband, Brian. I do it all. I rappel big waterfalls, scuba dive with sharks, dodge encounters with bears and wolves, and work remotely as a full time computer programmer.
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Hi, I’m Vanifest. I’m a big, 4x4, off-the-grid van complete with solar panel for power. I'm a 2000 Dodge Ram Van and Lisa has had me since 2009. Read more about me here.


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