Dive 279: Octopus Encounter

Andrew Schulze from London meets our favourite Flinders Octopus

Andrew Schulze from London meets our favourite Flinders Octopus

Dear Critters,

Please scroll down for an amazing video of our octopus encounter yesterday at Flinders Pier (taken by my awesome dive buddy, Mark ‘LP’ Jones – and check out more of his sensational underwater videography at http://www.oceanandtheearth.wordpress.com).

One of the highlights of any dive holiday is making new friends. After meeting South African Londoner Andrew Schulze on last week’s Great Barrier Reef Trip, LP and I were more than happy to introduce him to the awesome critters of Flinders Pier during his visit to Melbourne yesterday.

Shortly after entering the water, I squealed with delight to recognise two familiar but well-camoflauged eyes peering straight at me from one of the pylons not far from shore. Somehow I managed to yell loud enough underwater to call LP and Andrew back to the extraordinary creature they had unknowingly just swum past.

Mark and Octopus on Pylon at Flinders

It was such a magical pleasure to swim with this beautiful creature, before heading to the far end of the pier to find Andrew his first ever weedy sea dragons (in addition to finding a drowned iPhone and what appeared to be a life-sized plaster cast of a whale bone!)

Octopus swimming at Flinders

What a wonderful way to conclude one of the most memorable weeks of my life (videoing a frenzied shark feed at very close range in the Coral Sea, flying over the Great Barrier Reef, a helicopter ride, a personal get well card from my childhood pop idol Cliff Richard, an interstate visit from my precious god-daughter and more). Yes, there were also 4 more radiation sessions in this week’s mix, but I am pleased to report that all went smoothly and that I believe I am travelling better at this stage than many would expect.

Octopus hugging pylon at Flinders

I am steadily learning one of the sweetest life lessons on the menu. Life is for living, and when we take the opportunities presented to us to live it fully, the challenges we face can fade to insignificance, or at the very least, fall into some sort of welcome perspective.

My name is PT. According to my oncologist, I have a terminal illness. According to me, I am fully, vibrantly, gratefully alive and have never felt more blissed and blessed in all my entire life.

Love and bubbles,

PT xxx

ps Tank you so much for visiting my blog! Β While you are here, please check out some more of my underwater photos and videos, and don’t forget to like Pink Tank Scuba on Facebook!

pps I know, I know … I’ll aim to work on my Great Barrier Reef / Coral Sea video sometime this week – hopefully, it will be worth the wait πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


7 thoughts on “Dive 279: Octopus Encounter

    • It was so great diving with you at Flinders, Andrew πŸ™‚ So sorry I didn’t get any good pics of weedy sea dragons for you (the challenges of working with an unfamiliar camera for the first time …)

  1. An excellent piece and with the camera even unfamiliar, you have captured some amazing images of different occur poses. Well done. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Tanks so much, LP. As always, it is a tremendous pleasure and privilege to dive with you, and once again, Flinders did not disappoint! I really appreciate you letting me borrow your camera while mine is under repair. Seriously, how cool is that octopus??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Tank you so much, zebrakat. Doing really well at the moment πŸ™‚ Hope you are travelling well, my friend. Love and bubbles, PT xxx

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