Nature Writing 4.doc - We sail through the night and tie up at a mooring inside the Exumas Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas It’s early in the

Nature Writing 4.doc - We sail through the night and tie up...

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We sail through the night and tie up at a mooring inside the Exumas Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas. It’s early in the morning; the sun begins to warm up to the day. I peer down from the deck to the water below where dark shapes indicate coral formations. Putting on my wetsuit I can barely wait to dive below the surface and enter into the world where I truly come alive, where I feel most myself, where my dreams begin and end. In a few minutes I jump off the boat into a rush of white bubbles and swirling blue water. Yellowtail jacks sweep by, their brilliant tails propelling them through the water. A large black jack swims around me, seemingly curious. He circles my body, swooping above my head and below my fins. He continues to follow me as I begin my descent. I shift my attention and look out into the distance. Instantly I see the unmistakable fusiform shape of several sharks. They come closer, tails swaying back and forth, pectoral fins extended. These are animals perfectly designed for underwater life; the rounded body shape, which evolved over 450 million years ago, is still incomparable today. The sharks swim into focus; I can see their large circular eyes rotating in their orbits. Their gray and white bodies and short round snouts indicate they are Caribbean reef sharks, Carcharhinus perezi . A male shifts his course, and swims directly at me. It is not an aggressive move; the shark is not interested in pursuing me. He is rather disinterested and is simply moving through his world in the same manner that he would regardless of a human presence. I exhale and slip below his body and watch it glide over mine. I see the pale underside of his belly and the gentle arc of his mouth. I resist the urge to extend my
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arm upwards and run my hand along his rough skin. I turn and watch the sharks as they swim in wide circles around one another. I could spend hours watching them but decide to move on to explore the reef system below. Parrotfish of all colors flit above the reef. They pick at the algae growing on the corals, taking a bite every few seconds; their combined efforts create a constant cadence of soft ticking sounds. I see the distinct color phases of parrotfish life represented on the reef: juvenile, initial, and terminal. Young parrotfish are typically female and live in groups. Individual harems are lorded over by a mature super-male, a large vigorous animal whose biological efforts are concentrated on reproduction. Eventually the male will disappear: he will be eaten, he will die, or he will be displaced; his station will be filled by the strongest initial female in the harem, it will take about two weeks for her to morph into a male. This biological cycle will be propelled along as each animal expires.
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