June 18, 2001 - June 19, 2001 - June 20, 2001 - June 21, 2001 - June 22, 2001
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June 17, 2001: Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

A Curacao 2001 dive
"Daaibooi Bay" - "St. Marie Bay Reef" - "Habitat Curacao House Reef"
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First day in Curacao! After getting in late the night before, I was ready to get into the water and play with the new camera. We did two dives off of our boat, Freedom Diver II, and a dive off shore after lunch.
Diving off of Curacao:
  • Directions from Tampa: Well, you're not gonna drive there. Curacao is smack dab between Aruba and Bonaire, off of the northern coast of Venesuela.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny. Take lotion or stay in the shade and limit your direct exposure as much as possible.

  • Personal Notes: Pretty much my second day with the camera and housing. It was exciting to continue to meet all the Diver-To-Divers (D2Ders). And it was also nice to meet our boat crew, Tuki and Carlos, who would continue to be our crew for the rest of the week. The two sites we traveled to by boat were not even 15 minutes away from the dock. Shore diving on the House Reef was excellent and after four dives there, I still could dive there and find something new.

    At the first two sites, my sister asked that I watch a couple of divers she was teaching Nitrox diving; this was not a problem as they were very aware of their depth. I got a lot of practice though filming stuff, holding the camera steady while filming, and looking around me to make sure my charges were nearby and okay.

Videos!

My Codecs Page so you can get what you need to see these.

This was basically my second day of diving with the camera; I was still learning when to use the filter, and when not to. I managed to get some cool video, but I think I improved as the trip went on.
Daaibooi Bay
[VIDEO LINK] 3.2 MB Here's a little Sharp Nosed Pufferfish.
[VIDEO LINK] 3.2 MB We came across this Spotted Moray hiding in some coral.
[VIDEO LINK] 2.9 MB Here's some video of a Parrotfish feeding, and then being scared away by a Damselfish.
[VIDEO LINK] 2.4 MB Here's a very small and flighty Long Fin Damselfish.
[VIDEO LINK] 2.0 MB Here's a beautiful Magnificent Feather Duster swaying in the current.
[VIDEO LINK] 3.1 MB This Spotted Cleaner Shrimp (originally misidentified as a Pederson Cleaner Shrimp) is hanging out with a Giant Anemone and is waiting for a fish to come up so the shrimp can clean it.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.8 MB This is a Rock Beauty.
St. Marie Bay Reef
[VIDEO LINK] 3.0 MB This is an Arrow Crab hanging out near a Cork Screw Anemone; you can make out some Pederson Cleaner Shrimp hanging out nearby as well.
[VIDEO LINK] 886 kB This is a Balloon Fish hiding near some coral.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.5 MB This is a fascinating shot of a Grouper being cleaned by a Cleaning Goby; you can make out the small parasites moving on his back, running away from the goby.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.4 MB We saw many eels during this trip; here is some video of a Golden Spotted Moray I managed to get.
Habitat Curacao House Reef
[VIDEO LINK] 1.9 MB The Peacock Founders we saw were quite large; here's one swimming.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.6 MB I'm fairly sure that this is a Barracuda; he has quite beautiful coloration.
[VIDEO LINK] 753 kB Many fish have coloration that shifts as they age; this is a Juvenile French Angelfish.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.1 MB Banded Coral Shrimp were usually hard to shoot; they were usually found underneath ledges to where the lighting would make getting a clear shot of the whole shrimp difficult.

Pictures!

Some are color corrected, either removing some green and adding in a little red, or removing both a bit of green and red (if the filter was on). Also, the brightness and contrast were manipulated in a couple. The greener or bluer a photo is, the deeper the shot probably was.
Daaibooi Bay
Scorpion Fish are always well camouflaged. I would have missed him had someone not pointed him out to me.
Fairy Basslets are very hard to get a good shot of. They tend to be kinda small, and very timid.
Easy to shoot, Lizardfish don't move much and can occasionally be aggressive when they do.
There were a lot of Three Spot Damselfish, and they could get quite pushy (pseudo aggressive). I'd call them "modelfish" because they would often block shots of other fish, and they have these big eyes that look like they are wearing eye liner, and big lips too.
As you can see, there's a reason they call these Feather Dusters "Magnificent." Actually a kind of worm, they can be quite timid if approached too closely.
I'm guessing this is a Red Hind, as the coloration doesn't match anything else in my fish ID book.
This is a rather plain looking anemone; I have pictures of ones with better colors.
There were always a lot of Christmas Tree Worms. These guys, if you get too close, pull their "trees" back into their bodies.
St. Marie Bay Reef
Here's a Giant Anemone with some coloration on the tips.
Though bigger than other shrip we found, these guys were almost always hiding underneath something, making it hard to take a photo. My video camera can take stills, but flashes are a problem, and during the day, the lights aren't worth the extra hassel.
Though I can't make out the spots on the back, the rounded tail leads me to believe this is a Graysby.
There were a lot of Trunkfish about.
A different Graysby. If you look carefully, you can see the coloration spots on the back ... look for a change in intensity of the spots.
I zoomed in a little too much on this crab ... but it's the only picture (still or video) that even came close to coming out.
As Lizardfish don't move much, they are easy to shoot, and I would take many shots when I came across one. Particularly if they were kinda big.
Same guy ...
Habitat Curacao House Reef
A Lizardfish. I have lots of shots of these.
A Smooth Trunkfish; note the patterns on the side of the body.
Another hiding Banded Coral Shrimp.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
109 Daaibooi Bay 83 feet 62 min. 79 F
110 St. Marie Bay Reef 75 feet 59 min. 79 F
111 Habitat Curacao House Reef 65 feet 45 min. 81 F
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