Who could’ve thought that in such a calmed and peaceful environment can lurk the danger of unimaginable proportions. You may think dive-master would give you fair warning, but no, Jorge kept silent. Maybe he thought, if we were told, we’d immediately turned back and he could’ve lose a commission. Or maybe, the man did not want to scare us unnecessarily, hoping that we may get lucky and fortune will have a mercy upon our vulnerable souls. Well, now it’s too late to keep guessing what were Jorge’s true motives. Tell you only what opened in front of our eyes left the indelible impression that will be very difficult to forget. Some may have heard of calamities that diver may experience during cave explorations. Running out of air, claustrophobia, loss of orientation and so on. But have you ever seen or heard of “Cenotes Alligator”? And not just an alligator, but with a blond beauty, sandwiched in a deadly jaws of a voracious animal. If no, then take a look. The picture will be at the end of this article.
It’s hard for me to continue, but yet, I must conclude my report. During last dive I was more conscious of doing frog kicks, for which Timur was grateful, as I had been silting his pictures the previous two dives. I also realized that autofocus on D7 wasn’t working as I wished for two submersions in a row, so at Dos Ojos my pictures were subpar. And this is what happens when you take a new camera and housing on a trip after only three trials in the murky waters of the Gulf of Maine. (Note: if you change batteries or cards in between dives, don’t let the autofocus button on the lens get pushed to manual when placing the camera back in the case!) Also, the DS161, due to heavy usage of strobes on three consecutive dives along with constant video light, deplete batteries fast. Hence an additional flashlight is a must.
Our special appreciation to Jorge personally and Acuatic Tulum in general for those great dives. They were the perfect match for Timur and myself for the day.
p.s. They’ll take you on a fantastic tour of the cenotes at your skill levels.
All underwater shots were taking with Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon EF 100mm lens, Canon 60mm lens, Tokina 10-17mm and corresponding Ikelite housings, ports along with two Ikelite DS 161 substrobes.
Above; Canon Power-Shot G9 and Panasonic Lumix LX3