Author: Debbie (---.sip.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 08-04-08 21:57
No problem, Mort. I just assumed you were smoking dried llama poop or something. ;-)
There is a slight current near shore; enough to drift ever so slightly to Tamarindo, but strong enough that swimming back to Melones can wear you out. I've only done it once, so maybe the time of day/time of year had something to do with it - it was a great bit of fun, but made me feel like I'd been diving all day, wimp that I am. Trust me, I wasn't talking about hitting the channel and drifting down to Tamarindo - it's too deep to be interesting for a snorkeler. Now, if you were diving, there's a very sweet spot in the middle of the channel that I've not dived nearly often enough - requires perfect conditions and plenty of boat crew, but I digress. As for how long the drift takes, depends on how much of a hurry you're in and how fast the current is running. On the day we did it, it was lazily pleasant. I don't know how long it took because I have no sense of time on Culebra, especially when I'm in the water. Did I see scary critters? Huh? To me, there is no such thing as a scary critter in the sea. Others may feel differently, but if I saw a shark or an eel, I would squeal with delight.
Now, let's talk about turtle grass, Mort. Uninteresting? You aren't looking closely enough. Garden eels, pipefish, seahorses (no, haven't seen one in Culebra yet), lettuce sea slugs, schools of minute squid. . . Haul out your magnifying glass! What, you don't snorkel with a magnifying glass in your pocket?!?! Oh my, what to do about you? ;-)
All that said, certain stinging larvae do live in turtle grass, and one "sea lice" attack in Belize was enough to keep me always safely off the bottom or suited up in at least a lycra skin when snorkeling. I have a few of these, so as to blend in with the fish. http://www.divegoddess.com/fabcat.html