Today was going to be the big day for Agathe and Desi, as were planned on heading to Octopus Diving so that they could do their DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) dive(s) and decide whether or not to pursue the full PADI “Open Water Diver” certification. Both of them were rather quiet before we headed in - most certainly a sign of a touch of nervousness. I also went diving at the same time, but separate from the group as I didn't want to get in their way and, unfortunately, when I did see them and tried to take a picture it turned out that the macro lens didn't focus at that far distance.
They returned from their dive and snorkeling in the late afternoon somewhat tired and excited at the prospect of continuing. We were so exhausted from the day's activities that, after the obligatory happy hour, we didn't have the energy to go ashore for dinner and made some pasta from the ingredients in the galley and some thawed-out frozen hamburgers. It was very tasty and the portions were huge, leading to that sated feeling which quickly makes the eyelids droop and the bed look very tempting. They made it to bed, but I ended up falling asleep in the cockpit before waking up and gathering the energy to go below.

Desi and Agathe in Grand Case Desi and Agathe at the dinghy dock in Grand Case, St. Martin.
[18°6'13"N 63°3'19.46"W (facing N)]
Desi and Agathe in Grand Case
Green Moray cleaning This green moray eel is being cleaned by little shrimp and gobies.
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Green Moray cleaning
Sea feathers waving Sea feathers waving
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Sea feathers waving
Seminole Goby peeking out A shy and retiring Seminole Goby peeking out of its burrow to see if the coast is clear.
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Seminole Goby peeking out
Seminole Goby out of the burrow After waiting 10 minutes on the bottom, this Seminole Goby finally came completely out of its burrow.
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Seminole Goby out of the burrow
Shrimp out of the burrow Shrimp out of the burrow
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Shrimp out of the burrow
Green Moray A green moray eel partially out of the burrow.
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Green Moray
Nassau Grouper Nassau Grouper
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Nassau Grouper
Bluehead juvenile Bluehead juvenile
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Bluehead juvenile
Anemones waving Sea Anemones waving in the current.
[18°7'3.13"N 63°3'24.29"W ]
Anemones waving
Sunset pictures Desi and Agathe catching the moment on their cameras while I do the same, just with different subject matter.
[18°6'18.23"N 63°3'23.87"W (facing W)]
Sunset pictures
Desi making dinner while we watch Desi making a tasty meal from what few items I have left in the kitchen.
(2012-02-26 19:53:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 2.66m)
Desi making dinner while we watch
Agathe after a long Caribbean day We stayed inside as showers passed and Agathe is resting prior to our making and eating dinner.
(2012-02-26 20:21:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 3.76m)
Agathe after a long Caribbean day
Slaving over a hot stove Desi cooking our dinner from what little fresh and frozen food was left in the larder.
(2012-02-26 20:21:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 2.00m)
Slaving over a hot stove
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