Part 1 Diving with Turtles

I have not neglected the news this week, there just hasn’t been anything interesting to report. All news sources constantly remind us of the current credit crunch, so this morning I’m taking you well away from all the doom and gloom.

A few weeks ago I received a call from an old diving buddy, Dave Oldale, an underwater photo journalist of many years, who has worked with us on several adventurous projects.

“I’ve got flights for next week, I need a really good special story, something different from Tenerife for the dive show issue of Holiday Diver” (an on line magazine for divers). The office was busy and I had no time to talk, “Ok leave it to me and I’ll see what I can do”.

Oh dear, was my first thought, I’d have to clear the spare room – a task and a half! Later on when I had a bit more time to think, it occurred to me that I had nothing different for him this time. He’s been out here at least twice a year for the past 8 years and I was running out of new dive sites to show him, in fact I think he’d seen them all. He’s interacted with whales and dolphins as well as angel sharks, he’s fed the stingrays of Los Gigantes many times, I’ve taken him to all the wrecks including the aircraft wreck near Puerto de la Cruz, he’s seen all the black coral at Punta Teno, and has tagged sea horses with us. (Over the next few weeks I will cover those visits here on news). I was well and truly stuck!

 	sheila-with-camera-and-scooterLater that day it suddenly occurred to me that I did have another special dive he hadn’t done, and it was certainly something different. A few weeks ago I received a call from a friend who owns a dive centre in Las Americas. They had a group of Russian divers who wanted to be filmed diving with the Turtle at El Puertito, a small bay between los Gigantes and Las Americas. I had heard of this dive but had never made the time to check it out. Any excuse to get out of the office and go diving. I was off like a shot.

That was the answer. I called him back.

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Click here for the video of the Russian divers with the turtle