Monday, June 23, 2008

Goodbye Dives for Zandra

The ham you see in the picture above is Zandra, yup the same one who has only managed to get in 15 dives in the last year and a half of diving with me and the same one who very rarely ever updates her blog. Zandra has been on Saipan for 5 years now, but like many others has decided it's finally time to leave and move back to the states. I don't blame any of my friends for calling it quits out here and saying enough is enough, but it doesn't mean that it doesn't suck to watch all of your friends move away. Zandra wanted to do a couple dives on her final weekend, so we hit Wing Beach Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.We got lucky on Zandra's dive Saturday and caught this green sea turtle just sleeping in a little hole on the side of the wall in the crevasse. He didn't seem to mind at all that I wanted to take his picture or that Zandra posed with him. He just stayed there occasionally opening his eyes to see what was going on, but didn't swim away. I'll post more of those pictures of him tomorrow, I got some great ones thanks to the new strobe.I think Zandra was doing her best lionfish imitation here since she was watching a big red lionfish at the time with its feathers are displayed proudly. I'm not sure she got the animal she was trying for though, I think she may have been closer to the cuckoo bird.Zandra was always fairly photogenic underwater and never seemed to mind me snapping away working on my photography skills using her as the guinnea pig. I'm glad she managed to get in 2 Wing Beach dives on her final weekend on Saipan since that was her favorite dive, and the critters were all out saying goodbye to her as well.Here she is waving at me as she hovers above me at Wing Beach. Goodbye Zandra, you'll be missed.