All my thoughts about feeling cold flew right out of my mind completely when I chanced upon an octopus whilst out on a dive yesterday. The dive shop I work at had its usual weekend Club Dives, taking our members out for a leisurely dive. We went further out of the city for yesterday morning’s dive, simply due to the fact that weather conditions on this side of the city wasn’t great.
The dive turned out to be the best one I’ve done so far here in Wellington – visibility was great, the sun had come out after days of cloud and rain, and highlight of it all was my encounter with the octopus. I’d never seen one like this in the wild before – and as many times as you’ve watched them on TV documentaries or in aquariums, nothing beats seeing them roaming about in their natural habitats.
This particular one seemed quite relaxed at having us around it, even appearing to scrutinize and admire us as much as we were amazed by it. They’ve been known to be quite intelligent animals, and the physical beauty and characteristics of this creature simply amazes me. Finally getting to see one up close was definitely a big highlight of my week 🙂
For pictures of the trip, click here.
Dive Info – Whitireia Park, Porirua, Wellington NZ
Dive operator: Splash Gordon Dive Wellington
Dive time: 45mins
Max depth: 8.0m, with average depth at 4.8m
Water temp: 16°C at surface, 15°C at bottom
Environment: Kelp, soft corals, big rocks with swim-throughs
Soundtrack: Love Me Butch – For What It’s Worth
Location: Bedroom, Wellington, New Zealand
Random thought: Washing machine’s gone wonky. Hope it doesn’t need repairs.