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The Craziest Things You’ve Seen on Dives

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In last month's issue, we asked what crazy things you've seen while diving. A few came back to us with stories of things they saw underwater that left them thinking, "WTF?"

"Green Torpedoes Coming at Us"

Many tales show how it's marine life that surprises in the most unexpected ways. Marc Lippman (Miami, FL) tells us how an octopus in Belize called his bluff. "My older daughter is my 'spotter,' and suddenly she went into point mode. We swam over to see what she was looking at. It was an octopus down in the antlers of a staghorn coral.

"I took out my dive knife and, holding it by the blade, I offered the handle to the octopus, hoping it would put a tentacle on it and then, with a finger on its tentacle, I could coax it out. The octopus did grab the knife handle, but I couldn't hold onto the blade, so now we had an armed octopus holding us at bay. Eventually the creature made its escape with my knife, which it later dropped."

The bioluminescence of plankton at night streaming off the bodies of sea lions or dolphins in motion can make them look like alien spacecraft underwater. It's a common sight in the Galapagos Islands, but Clayton Fuller (Coronado, CA) wasn't prepared. He describes the hair-raising scene of "green torpedoes coming at us" and the boat as they made their way between Wolf and Darwin Islands. The pod of dolphins veered right and kept on going....

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