If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I was in Cozumel last week on a diving holiday with my husband and friends. We had a fantastic time, scuba diving every day, enjoying the wonderful sunshine, meeting friendly people, eating great food, and of course, drinking margaritas.
Every morning the dive boat would pick us up at 7:30 A.M. and we would head off for our day of scuba diving. Each dive was a fantastic experience because the reefs and undersea life are so varied and colourful. However, one dive was particularly memorable.
Our dive master informed us that spotted eagle rays migrate past Cozumel in February, and one afternoon she led us to a spot 80 feet below the surface where we could watch the rays swim by. Wedging our hands in the sand and gripping rocks, we resisted the current and became still as dozens of eagle rays “flew” past us. The longer we stayed there on the bottom of the ocean and the calmer we became, the closer the rays approached us.
I was awed. My dive buddies were awed. The magnificence of these creatures and their graceful flight through the water is a sight I will never forget. Observing this amazing occurrence was akin to a spiritual experience, and I was honoured to be a witness to a phenomena that most people don’t have to opportunity to observe. I was filled with a renewed appreciation of nature’s splendor.