day dawns clear and calm. The ocean resembles a lake as it
lazily laps at the side of our boat. We are moored at Cumbers
Caves for the morning dives and then plan to move down the
moorings to the Great Wall for afternoon and night diving.
of the most interesting places to explore at Cumbers is a
stretch of rubble and sand along the mini wall. This seemingly
lifeless area is home to sailfin blennies and the coveted
yellow head jawfish. Lying motionless on the rubble, divers
soon see the shy little fish emerge from their burrows. If
lucky, you may even find a male with a mouth full of eggs
spitting and rolling them in the water column to aerate them.
afternoon and evening site is the Great Wall. A sheer vertical
wall decorated in a potpourri of sponges and lacey sea fans.
A perfect site for what we call "DV Fly-Bys". This
is where we ride a scooter between our legs while holding
our Digital Video camera (DV) in front of us. Thus, moving
through the scene while filming. This is a great method for
capturing large expanses of underwater real estate. The really
big animals (manta rays, whale sharks and dolphins) must find
it intriguing that mere mortals can keep up, as it is they
who usually do the "loops" around us.
reefs at Little Cayman remind us of the Pacific the way they
start shallow and then abruptly plunge into the deep. These
are great dives for photography or exploration as you can
make a deep dive and then ascend to the shallow reef to do
your off-gasing. We often make 60+ minute dives at Little
Cayman since our "off-gasing" time in the shallows
is interesting and we tend to piddle around looking at the
life. This type of diving is much preferred to the alternative
of hanging on a deco bar fathoms above the reef. The Great
Wall is no exception as the shallow area is teaming with life
during a night dive. Franklin ends up making a 136-minute
night dive here. The footage he got of an Eagle Ray feeding
in the sand at night completes another great day.