Swimming with the calamari.

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The picturesque cove where the dive begins.
Diving the Mediterranean is nothing at all like diving the Caribbean, or the Red Sea, or anywhere I’ve been for that matter. There is no pesky coral to worry about, no sharks…and not many fish either, for that matter (at least here in Antalya)! But our dive today from the hotel was not without its merits.

First off, we got to experience a whole new type of water entry. Usually we ride a boat out to the dive site, get geared up and do a giant stride (or sometimes a backwards roll) into the water. For shore diving, you get geared up, and just walk across the beach and into the water. But here, we first climbed down into the water (in a very picturesque rocky cove), found a rock to stand on, THEN put on the gear. Ya learn something new every day.

Our guide spoke little English, but did tell us to expect to see some “calamari” during our dive.
Show me the calamari!
Calamari is squid after it’s been prepared for eating, so his comment conjured up images of waiters in scuba gear serving us grilled calamari :^D

We saw no calamari (or waiters) in the first 15 minutes, but we did see: two rusty staircases, a hotel-room safe, a safety razor, A HUGE tractor or truck tire, and lots of rocks. Just as I was thinking, WOW, this is a boring dive, our guide made some hand signals and pointed off to the distance.

At first I thought I was seeing stingrays, but then I realized I was looking at several squid. A calamari sighting! Steve and I have seen squid before, but these were more plentiful, and we were able to get quite close and really study them. Bizarre, crazy looking creatures! They appear to be swimming backwards and have huge eyes.
Very similar to the squid we saw. (I took this photo from www.howstuffworks.com)
They kept their tentacles tucked in the whole time.   

We hung ot there for awhile, then I realized that we were right under the hotel’s dive platform. I wondered if we might be hit by divers (the other kind of divers), but we were OK and didn’t even see any swimmers. I hadn’t realized yesterday when I was swimming in the area that I was possibly surrounded by squid! I like seeing them on a dive, but if I am swimming and can’t see them… hmmm.

We stretched the dive out to last 45 minutes, and then came back in to shore with plenty of air left, as it had been a pretty shallow dive. We were served tea, coffee and cookies and dried out in the sun. Although it wasn't the most exciting dive we’ve ever been on, it was good enough to have been worth our effort. Swimming with calamari is much more fun than eating it!    

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The picturesque cove where the div…
The picturesque cove where the di…
Show me the calamari!
Show me the calamari!
Very similar to the squid we saw. …
Very similar to the squid we saw.…
A swim after the dive.
A swim after the dive.
Cookies, how nice.
Cookies, how nice.
Getting ready for the next divers.
Getting ready for the next divers.
Steve takes a dip... thats a firs…
Steve takes a dip... that's a fir…
Thats my husband with the farmer …
That's my husband with the farmer…
Dinner at the mall. Looks good, bu…
Dinner at the mall. Looks good, b…
Eating flavorless food in a mall. …
Eating flavorless food in a mall.…
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