So it's looking like it's going to be another fun day at work, as I'm scheduled to teach one of my favourite dive courses: How to be a fish nerd, just like the rest of The Dive Bus Crew. (Or, officially, the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course.)
I love teaching this course in particular, as the divers are always amazed at what there is to see, right under their noses, that they have swum over countless times without ever noticing - or, more accurately, knowing what they should be noticing.
So there's four of us, heading off to Tugboat for the two PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty training dives. It looked set to be a nice, relaxing but day of spotting and identifying a few of Curacao's fairly predictable "usual suspects", amongst the thousands of fish and coral species we know and love that make this island their home.
But no! Instead, the lucky Naturalist students got to identify a turtle (Hawksbill), a sea horse (Longsnout), a sea cucumber (Three-Rowed), squid (Caribbean Reef Squid) and a Rough Fileclam hiding deep within its shell, within a coral, with only the mantle and tentacles exposed to those with sharp enough eyes to see it.
The divers also spotted and identified a juvenile Tobaccofish, Flamingo Tongue (no, not a Nudi ;) and the resident Chain Moray came out to say 'Hi' too. Suffice to say this was an eventful Naturalist course with lots of hard to identify "cool spots"!
Check out the photos below of just some of the cool critters we spotted. Do you know which is which? If not, maybe it's time YOU took the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty with The Dive Bus - and me !