As promised, here’s a video my dive buddy Mark ‘LP’ Jones and I filmed recently of him dancing with an octopus (literally moments after we got the chance to play with a beautiful big cuddlefish at Flinders Pier).
Lately we have had some truly special underwater encounters with some absolutely gorgeous, playful creatures. At first I wondered whether this octopus was falling in love with its own reflection in LP’s big round camera dome. But the more I study the footage, the more I suspect that this fabulous occy mistook the lens dome for a tunnel and was trying its best to climb into it! (I am certain that I can detect a few moments of pure bewilderment on the creature’s beautifully expressive face 🙂 ) I can never get enough of octopuses. Here’s another video I filmed recently of a beautiful occy climbing a pylon under the same pier, along with a few of its friends:
It is an absolute privilege to spend quality time with some of the most amazing creatures in the ocean. I have lots more video to share with you over the coming weeks, and for some time now I have felt fairly sick and unsure whether I would actually be in a position to share them with you at all. However, after my gazillionth CT scan late last week, I am thrilled to report that the tumours I’ve been battling this time round seem to have responded well to the prayers of my loved ones and the palliative radiation I undertook late last year. (Even this gorgeous occy seemed to wish me better health not too long ago: )
Although the scan still shows at least one large tumour, it appears to be significantly smaller than it was on my last scans, and somehow I feel filled with even more life, love and hope that I was before. Instead of wondering now whether every dive might be my last, I feel much more confident that I might have enough time left on this earth to start working on my backlog of videos to share with you very soon. Instead of fearing that each dive might be my last, my heart fills with hope for some wondrous dive adventures for the future 🙂
Life is wonderful, Critters, and not a single moment should ever be taken for granted. Tank you from the bottom of my heart to each one who has journeyed along side me, prayed for me, wished upon shooting stars for my recovery, encouraged and supported my passion for the all the extraordinary underwater moments that have made me feel the most alive. I may not be entirely out of the woods as far as my health is concerned, but the smile on my face could not be wider 😀
With much love of life and bubbles of gratitude,
ps Tank you so much for watching this octopus waltz! While you are here, I hope you will check out a few of my other ‘scuba vs tumour’ underwater adventures …
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ppps Also, be sure to check out more of my buddy Mark ‘LP’ Jone’s brilliant underwater films, click HERE!