Oro Verde

December 21, 2016

I went on my first cruise ever through the Carribbean and our first stop was in Grand Cayman. I scheduled a two tank morning dive through Carnival. We wound up diving with Divers Down, which was just a short walk from the pier where we were dropped off by the ship's tender.

Our first site was Oro Verde. A wreck.

Oro Verde

A wreck so damaged by hurricanes that it's become a wreck of a wreck.



That and, for whatever reason, someone had dropped some bicycles at the mooring.


 The was plenty of wildlife about too. Like this sea turtle feeding on a reef.

At the end of the dive, me and my buddy still had plenty of air left so the dive master signaled to us that we should hang out at mooring while the rest of the group made their ascent up the line. I began circling around what remained of the bow of the wreck and eventually made my way to the top of it. That's where I noticed a small octopus just drifting on the current doing a pretty good job of looking like random flotsam.

By the time I started taking a video of the octopus, it had changed its colour to perfectly match the top of the wreck. It swam away from me and then suddenly inked before darting away. At first I thought the crab hiding under that structure had eaten it. That's why you can hear me groan "Oh no" at the end of the video. However, the octopus was much more resourceful than that. Looking at the video closely, you can see that it survived by changing shape and colour yet again and tucking itself under the structure to the left of the crab.

Another great encounter perfectly illustrating the octopus' incredible abilities.

Oro Verde

Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


Dive Number:   114
Bottom Time: 45m
Time In: 9:07 a.m.
Tank In:
Max Depth: 50.00 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 9:52 a.m.
Tank Out:
Average Depth: 38.00 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 216h 37m