March 18, 2007 |
ONE big step off the boat and into the dark. When I hit the water, I feel all the familiar feelings, the ocean seeping into my wetsuit, the frantic bubbles on my face, the ineffable moment when the body's gyroscope switches over from gravity to buoyancy. But nothing else is familiar. I'm floating free in the blue-black ocean, a few hundred yards from Kona's volcanic bluffs.
March 15, 2007 |
One big step off the boat and into the dark. When I hit the water, I feel all the familiar feelings, the ocean seeping into my wetsuit, the frantic bubbles on my face, the ineffable moment when the body's gyroscope switches over from gravity to buoyancy. But nothing else is familiar. I'm floating free in the blue-black ocean, a few hundred yards from Kona's volcanic bluffs. The water is about 40 feet deep here, but just a few hundred yards to the west the Big Island's seamount plunges into the miles-deep oceanic abyss.
March 30, 2004 |
The Universe Next Door Judith Hemenway Best Publishing Co., $12.95 * Landlubbers taking the plunge underwater for the first time will be alternately beguiled, terrorized and inspired by these highly personal, technically informative tales of veteran scuba diver Hemenway's most memorable dives in nearby and exotic locales. It's a riotous world of brilliance down there. Even our familiar local waters teem with surreal, voracious and surprisingly playful life forms.
September 16, 2001 |
They move with such grace and ease, through water so incredibly clear, that they seem to be soaring in deep space. And when you plunge into the realm of the giant Pacific manta, if you've come on a good day, one will arrive as your escort and take you on a cosmic journey that will leave you spellbound. The feeling is as magical as it is mysterious; your mind is cleared of clutter and filled instead with wonder.
February 11, 1999 |
Two Florida boaters met a real sea monster when their craft was dragged for hours by a powerful creature that turned out to be a giant manta ray, the Coast Guard said Wednesday. Coast Guard Petty Officer Scott Barnes said the agency received a radio distress call from a 16-foot boat that reported it was being dragged by its anchor line by something unknown. The Coast Guard sent a rescue boat to investigate and it found the motorboat being dragged in circles by something beneath the surface.
October 20, 1996 |
Join San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions for a scuba-diving trip to Baja to swim with manta rays that enjoy having their bellies rubbed, and with tiger and hammerhead sharks that don't. The 10-day trip, Jan. 19 to 28, will be aboard a 60-foot yacht, the Viking. Participants fly to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and board the boat for the islands of San Benedicto, Socorro and Roca Partida. These islands are part of the Revillagigedo chain, about 220 miles southwest of the tip of Baja California.