I celebrated finishing my first palliative Quad Shot of radiation on Friday with a very special dive treat on Saturday. Spunky Abe took LP, Julie Bear and me out on his boat to Chinaman’s Hat off Sorrento where it seemed the sea lions had been waiting all morning for some divers to come to play with them.
Upon arrival, maybe 60 animals lie lethargically on the deck of the large wooden structure, and you could be forgiven for thinking on first impression that the individuals that make up this blubbery, immobile mass are just too large and lazy to move. But underwater, these sea lions (not to be confused with seals that do not have external ear flaps) are feisty, fearless, inquisitive, boisterous and very loud, dancing with all the grace of Rudolf Nureyev in one moment, then fighting with all of Mike Tyson’s ethics the next.
Some are total posers for the camera, while others play rough like naughty children, biting and wrestling each other in a flurry of hyperactive somersaults. Many are juveniles, learning skills and boundaries from their equally playful parents. Others delight in skidding across the ocean floor on their bellies, creating almighty silt storms, some stopping their slide strategically in front of the nearest camera lens.
Thanks to ample silt and endless fascination, I only saw my human dive buddies a couple of times during this hour-long adventure. At one point I was surrounded by up to 20 sea lions, many of them brushing against me, or even kissing my camera or biting my video light! I was a bit worried for a few moments that one or two of the big bulls of the group wanted to play their rambunctious biting games with me, so I spent a few fearful minutes filming with my forearm over my head for protection.
Dive 264 was delightfully, deliciously, mischievously fun, and I would absolutely love to do this again! What an incredibly awe-inspiring way to end a fairly challenging week. As I explained to my oncology nurse after treatment on Friday, while my prognosis may be dire, at this very moment I am as alive as anybody else. While I may not share the same luxury of choosing denial about the inevitability of death, living life to the full is such a wonderful distraction 🙂
Heartfelt tanks to Spunky Abe for this amazing adventure dive, and to those completely crazy sea lions of Chinaman’s Hat for reminding me just how much I truly love being alive. (If you ever need a lesson in what it means to embrace the moment, seize the day and live life to its fullest, make sure you pay them a visit!) And for anyone who is worried about one terminally ill Pink Dive Diva spending so much time underwater – don’t be! My oncologist recommended that I dive as much as I can while I can, so this liddle pink ducky is simply following doctor’s orders! 😛
Love and bubbles,
ps This video is dedicated to my precious father Kirby who was busy breaking his wrist while I was underwater shooting this footage. I hope it puts a big, goofy smile on his face. Love you, Kirby xxx
pps Kirby is not his real name. My brother and I just call him that because most times when he is driving, he manages to hit the car tyres against the curb …
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