Freeswimming feather stars (aka: crinoids) are fascinating to watch! However, as I learned on one dive in Fiji, they’d really rather latch onto something to hitch a free ride and stop swimming. And apparently a scuba diver’s gear is an acceptable place to latch onto... which is why I had to cut out the middle of this video clip! I misjudged the feather star’s path and came just close enough that it brushed my BCD and held on. My dive buddy Susan had to nudge it free and send it on its way. 🤦🏻♀️😊 #hitchhikingfeatherstar#canicatcharide?
We saw a lot of feather stars in Fiji, but almost all of them were latched onto stationary spots like coral, rocks, plants, or (as in the last photo) shipwrecks. This was the first time I’ve seen one freeswimming on a dive.
We have finally arrived in Kas 2 days ago and we are in love with this place. Everything from the ocean to the food and the culture is just amazing. We are here because of the CMAS World Championships in October, but the atmosphere of this place has made us feel like we are on vacation. 📷 Daniel Koval
Taking the heat off the selfie with an underwater shot 😂 in anticipation of upcoming #drysuit#dive weekend at #farneislands. I haven’t identified the fish but the mouth is reminiscent of an idol. That doesn’t mean much. By no means a perfect shot but it’s a learning curve.
There’s something magical about being eye to eye with these winged giants in the Revillagigedo. They approach you with an innocent curiosity, unaware of the damage humans have done to their species and world. As if they are wise ocean diplomats wanting to begin a conversation on how we should be working together to protect their homeland.