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

A Curacao 2001 dive
"Seldom-Spanish Anchor" - "Seldom-Drift"
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Seldom is a cove just the other side of one of the points to one side of Habitat Curacao.
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.

  • Personal Notes: Tuki said that "Seldom," the cove/bay that we visited this day, was so named because "Mother nature seldom allows diving there." Compared to the waters outside of the cove, "Seldom" was quite calm, thankfully.

    In the times of wooden ships, ships would sometimes anchor at "Seldom." "Spanish Anchor" is so named because in the general area, there are around 6 anchors that got hooked on the reef and were cut loose from the ships. "Seldom" is probably the only place other than the House Reef that I really really really wanted to dive again. All the other sites, of course, were fun, interesting, and rate many many dives ... but "Seldom" just had this draw to it ...

    The drift dive we did at "Seldom" was the best yet. It was the only dive where we saw a real, honest to God "wall." We saw several steep slopes on almost every dive ... but on this drift dive, they weren't slopes ... they went straight up. There were even a few caverns along the way.

Videos!

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

It's surprising that there's not more really good videos from these dives, as Seldom became our favorite site.
Seldom-Spanish Anchor
[VIDEO LINK] 1.3 MB I really like the look of Yellowtail Damselfish; the bright blue spots seem to glow.
[VIDEO LINK] 2.8 MB Juvenile Drums look nothing like the Adult Drums, and they are quite cute.
[VIDEO LINK] 1.1 MB In this video, Tuki has coaxed out what looks to be some kind of baby eel from a Red Heart Urchin; he attempts to coax the eel back into the the urchin but it swims away ... and gets eaten by a goby!
Seldom-Drift
[VIDEO LINK] 208 kB During the first part of the drift dive, we were shadowed by a Barracuda.
[VIDEO LINK] 985 kB There were several wall-like sections that we drifted by. Here is a shot shooting from one side of the wall, up, and then over to the other side of the wall, with divers for perspective.
[VIDEO LINK] 2.7 MB Here's some video of another cute Juvenile Drum. I had just hit 15 feet to resolve a safety stop requirement that my Cobra dive computer has, when my sister called me back down to take footage of him.

Pictures!

The last day rated a lot of still pictures. And since the currents weren't that bad, stills were easy to line up and shoot. Although my camera has a zoom, it's better for "telephoto" photography rather than any kind of "macro" photography, I think.
Seldom-Spanish Anchor
A little neighborhood of Christmas Tree Worms.
A Magnificent Feather Duster. Worth taking video of, because in even light current these guys sway.
The whole side of the island that the Habitat is on is pretty much all coralized.
One of the reasons this section of Seldom has the name "Spanish Anchor".
More coral.
And even more coral.
Pederson Cleaner Shrimp are usually quite small, and though numerous, are hard to get a good shot of because of their size.
A Spotted Trunkfish.
Another picture of a Pederson Cleaner Shrimp.
And the "Just Shoot Me" Lizardfish.
Probably same guy, different angle.
The term "slug" doesn't seem apporpriate to this Lettuce Sea Slug.
Another picture of the Lettuce Sea Slug.
A shot of a Juvenile Drum. Best as a lead in to the next shot ...
An extremely good shot of a Juvenile Drum from what I'd guess was about eight feet away. He's quite small.
Some call these Red Heart Urchins "Sea Biscuits."
A Yellowtail Damselfish that didn't want to have it's picture taken.
Another very pretty Magnificent Feather Duster.
One of the better photos I have of a Giant Anemone.
Seldom-Drift
Coral.
More coral.
Lettuce Sea Slugs can vary widely in color, in various shades of blue and green.
Lots of Four Eye Butterfly Fish were around, but they moved too much to get good photos of.
And even more coral.
One attempt to shoot up the wall that we were drifting past.
A Smooth Trunkfish.
Don't ask me to identify these little guys, they are miniscule! But they are fish, not sand.
A shadow followed us for a while.
Here's a better shot of that shadow; a Barracuda.
And I thought I got the best "Up The Wall Shot" I was going to get when ...
I find an even better one.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
122 Seldom-Spanish Anchor 79 feet 57 min. 79 F
123 Seldom-Drift 64 feet 53 min. 79 F
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