The first afternoon we were in Saint Pierre we (myself, Ann and Friso) did a dive, to the Yacht Italien Wreck. The Yacht Italien was one of the ships sunk during the 1902 eruption of Mt. Pelée, and it was possible to start the dive from Ripples II instead of the Dinghy. The wreck sat at about 25m but soon after hitting the bottom we discovered that the wreck had either been completely covered by the sea bed, or it had just eroded away. All we found of the wreck was the very end of the bow.
Instead of just surfacing after 5 minutes we decided to have a swim around to see what else we could find. As usual we found a couple Lion Fish, and I couldn't resist taking yet more pictures. On this dive though I thought I should take more pictures of the coral, sponges, etc. as well as the fish. One sponge that really interest me is the Yellow Tube Sponge. They are a long tube that sprouts towards the surface in a group usually consisting of 5 or more tubes. They interest me because they look funny, that's the truth.
After swimming around for a while, seeing all the usual fish, eels, coral, etc. we see on nearly every dive we came across a big fisherman's cage filled with Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Sergent Majors and the biggest Moray Eels we have seen so far. These Eels were HUGE, easy the thickness of my calf and about as long as I am tall. Even thought it is cruel we hung around and took some pictures and filmed the fish and eels a while before surfacing.
We ended the dive at that point as we had seen everything around us and didn't fancy swimming back to our entry point. Dad was on the surface in the dinghy to pick us up to save us swimming back to Ripples II.
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Have you ever seen an eel the size of a large snake?
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