11 May 2007
Just wanted to write about a couple of cool things. Brian went surfing for the first time on Long Island the other day. The waves were good, not great, and the swell didn't last long, but it was great for him to finally get to surf this virgin break. He paddled out about 200 yards or so. Really far! I could barely see him without using the zoom lens on the video camera. He a caught a few really good rides. The day was beautiful, the tide was falling. While he was out there two rather large lemon sharks began circling him, when it was clear they wouldn't be leaving him alone, he caught a wave and paddled in. But that was one long and treacherous paddle. There were coral heads and bare moonrock formations appearing and disappearing in the waves, some of them towering over his head, they were so large! He said it was a very freaky scene. I was perched high above the beach on the porch of an empty house where I had a great angle for shooting video. Another really cool thing we did recently was visit this shrimp grotto. Our friends told us about this hole/cave/grotto that you can dive and it has tons of tiny bright red/orange shrimp in it. It's located in the bush behind these really pretty ruins of an old church. You're walking along a path amongst gumbo-limbo trees and cactus and suddenly there it is, this beautiful limestone formation of rock. A grotto you can step down off the path and into, the water was perfectly still, you could see the reflections of the trees hanging over it in perfect detail. Then it becomes cave and standing there you can peer into the dark cavern that the water continues to flow under. In the clear water were dozens of tiny shrimp, really bright orangy red, quite active, about an inch long and very slender. It was one of the most unique places and some of the most unique creatures we've ever seen. Sorry so short, time is wasting, there's diving to do...