August 2, 2006
We sailed west overnight to Cabo de Gata. I was surprised to wake up this morning and realize that it was after 9 a.m. I stumbled up the stairs and much to my surprise; there were two new faces on board. The two new people were divers familiar with the area that would serve as guides for the day. The area we are in, Cabo de Gata, is a marine reserve that has various management zones. In some zones fishing is prohibited and in others all activity including diving is prohibited. We had obtained special permission to dive in the restricted area and everyone was excited to see what we would find.
After the dives, we headed into a beautiful bay and anchored the boat for the evening. I took a refreshing swim and we watched the video footage obtained on the divers earlier today. The video was all taken in the marine reserve and there were noticeably more fish than in the video from the previous day. One of the best parts of the video was of a school of barracuda swimming over top of the divers.
I'm headed off to bed and am hoping that the calm waters of this bay lead to a peaceful night of sleep.