Photos from Matt’s Wet Spot

I had an absolutely AMAZING dive today at Matt’s Wet Spot in Flower’s Bay. I’ll write more about it later, but for now I wanted to share these photographs, include two (blurry) ones of our up-close encounter with an eight foot hammerhead shark!! Enjoy!

Free Diving in Pirate’s Cove

Suspended eighty feet underwater, I have a few seconds to take in my surroundings. My heartbeat—the only sound I can hear—marks the time. My lungs are now less than a third the volume they were twenty seconds ago. Abdominal muscles clenched, I restrain the spasms of my diaphragm, willing myself to ignore the steady toxic accumulation of carbon dioxide in my body. Mere minutes from drowning, I am relaxed. The crack in which I am suspended is visible from the surface. Minutes earlier, as I floated on the surface deliberately slowing my breathing in anticipation of the dive, I studied the contour of this particularly severe crack in the reef, noting its abyssal blue hue atypical of most sand chutes. » read more «