Sharon's Serenity, Klein Bonaire

For our last boat dive of the trip Serge chose Sharon's Serenity, located on the southwest of Klein Bonaire not far from Southwest Corner, as our dive site. Again we were joined by the Texas contingent and a few others from Little Rock, Arkansas so it was a friendly group. Sharon's Serenity being so close to Southwest Corner has a similar dive profile. With a depth range from 20 feet to "to deep" as Serge would say Sharon's Serenity had elkhorn and staghorn corals in the shallows with a variety of soft corals. Star corals abound on the drop off and there were many tropicals and other fish. Of course we all kidded Serge about topping our other dives with Martyn and I, of course, mentioned that I had a "tail shot" of a Hawksbill turtle and wanted a good turtle shot. Yes, we were all definitely in good spirits, and this would prove to be a good last dive for Anne and I.

Queen Angel

Damn! Another miss. One of these days I'm going to get that shot just perfect. You can't say that I'm not persistent.


Spotted Butterfly

Green Moray
This shot was another major disappointment. When I spotted this Green Moray, he was a beauty at about five feet long, he had his head out of the hole and his mouth open showing those ferocious looking teeth. What a picture. I arrived at the hole and planted myself in front to await his next display. Unfortunately that is all I did. I must have spent five minutes just waiting for him to emerge. He never did and some other divers from the group arrived to get a peek so I moved off. Wouldn't you know it a minute later he came out for them.

Tiger Grouper

Mark, Redeye Humanfish
Yes, it was a good dive, but the best is still to come. Anne and I were again at about 60 feet when we spotted another Hawksbill turtle again much deeper than us. Only this time he was swimming toward us and not away from us. I immediately made a bee line to a point where I would intercept him and be in front this time. About the same time we spotted him the Texas contingent also spotted him and took chase. As Mark, who was video taping the scene, would later remind me I suddenly appeared in front of him. He would tell me that he didn't know how I managed to do it as he was going full out and I'm about 20 years older and, well, heavier. I guess I was just determined. And determination does pay off. Take a look!

Hawksbill Turtle

You can't hide from us!
Within seconds of my taking the above picture my turtle friend decided he'd try to hide from us. No way! By now I had checked my depth gauge and again was at about 100 feet. I looked up to find Anne still hovering in the 60 foot zone. I quickly signaled her to get her butt down here. Since this was her second encounter with a Hawksbill I wanted to make sure this one would be a memorable experience. Serge, who observed the action, joined us and coaxed the Hawksbill out of hiding so we could get some more pictures.

Following the sighting and encounter with the Hawksbill Serge communicated to me with some new hand signals telling me that I now had both "head and tail" shots of the Hawksbill. We both chuckled as we headed toward the shallows to end the dive.

Thanks Serge!

Serge, our divemaster
And, remember my talking about persistence? Well, it finally paid off. While in the shallows after this dive I found what I'd been searching and hoping for. A good shot of that elusive Queen. Take a look.

Her Royal Majesty, the Queen Angel
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