| Our newly painted anchor. Of course, the paint wore off the flukes on the first drop and pull, but the white shank is whats important, making it so much easier to see it when we snorkel down to check.* * *|
After launch and lunch, we climbed into wet suits, loaded up our snorkeling gear and my spear gun, and made tracks for the reef. Generally in these bights, we go back outside the reef and anchor the dink in a patch of sand, or if theres no wind and mild waves, I drag it along, the painter tied loosely around my waist, so that we can store fresh kill and keep moving without having to return to the boat. But this day, the breeze was up, so we anchored inside the reef, swam toward it and, as it shallowed out, we floated over the top of the coral, where we found only about 18 inches of water for the last 100 feet. Then the ocean deepened into crevasses, through which we could swim freely.