Heading A Parade Can Be Dangerous.

One of my favorite places to snorkel is in an oyster reef. I used to take my small mesh dive bag with a pry bar and hunt down the elusive shell fish with cunning expertise. I would work my way down the reef, prying off the oysters, filling up my bag and a parade would start.

 I was the leader of the parade. When the oysters got pried off, there would be an occasional crushed mussel and well as murky, nutrient rich sediment soup which attracted marine life. There’d be little sea bass, finger long sharks, crabs and all manner of creatures waiting for the oyster that would break open. Once an oyster had broken open, it would only take a second for something to snag the oyster’s innards away from me, disappearing in murky water with a flash of scales. 

Often I would pause to wait for the sediment fog to lift and notice the parade waiting for me to pick up again. Once I felt something nudge me. I waited for the sediment to clear but saw nothing so I continued until I got nudged again. Again, I waited for the sediment to clear and saw nothing. As I resumed, I saw the deadly moray eel come out of the rocks and nudge the back of my hand. Those things have been known to rip diver’s hands off. All he wanted was to let me know he lived in those rocks and wanted me to be careful as I went by.

 Heading a parade can be dangerous.

WonderWartHog WonderWartHog
26-30, M
Mar 7, 2010