My next project is now finalized - signed, sealed and soon to be delivered. I spent over 3 hours surfing various websites this morning in search of a flight. I initially tried to use my collected airline points with United Airlines, but the connections were all miserable and sometimes involved 4 plane changes... and it would have needed more points for the one-way flight than my first-class fare had used getting here! Then I looked for one-way flights, but they were invariably more expensive than return fares. I couldn't find a single real deal with any of the airlines and leaving from EIS, STT, SXM, ANU airports and I finally figuratively shook my hands in the air and selected a flight with just one change and no overnight stays anywhere.
Once that work was done I put together my dive gear and went for a dive at Turtle Reef. Octopus Diving had put some nice moorings up and I had a good dive with the fish eye lens and no flash. Turtle Reef is a shallow dive and I had a lot of bottom-time without using too much air but despite seeing lots of flora and fauna I didn't see a single turtle.
I headed ashore to Calmos Café for some tapas and to listen to the Salsa band that plays every Thursday. I arrived too early and the place was still quite empty, but at 20:30 when the band started the place filled up quickly to the sound of well-played Salsa!

Pederson Cleaner Shrimp This Pederson cleaner shrimp attempted to clean the outside housing of the Ikelite gear, with little success.
(2015-05-21 14:02:22 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Pederson Cleaner Shrimp
Flamingo Tongue Although the guide book states that they are common, I don't see them very often and managed to get a close-up of this one using the fisheye lens
(2015-05-21 14:01:04 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Flamingo Tongue
Coral growths at Turtle Reef Coral growths at Turtle Reef
(2015-05-21 13:55:33 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Coral growths at Turtle Reef
Christmas Tree Worm These worms are often found on Coral
(2015-05-21 13:54:09 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/1250s] ISO 200)
Christmas Tree Worm
Rock encrustations Rock encrustations
(2015-05-21 13:53:17 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Rock encrustations
Porcupinefish in the open These sad-looking fish are quite shy and always swim away when I approach them. This time I sat in the sand on the bottom for several minutes before slowly approaching this one.
(2015-05-21 13:49:23 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Porcupinefish in the open
Colorful growths Even without a flash, the colors come out on this shallow dive at Turtle Reef off Grand Case in ST. Martin
(2015-05-21 13:44:10 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Colorful growths
West Indian Sea Egg This is a sea urchin and I see them often during my day dives. They open up and feed at night.
(2015-05-21 13:42:32 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
West Indian Sea Egg
Yellow snapper in the forest Yellow snapper in the forest
(2015-05-21 13:42:07 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Yellow snapper in the forest
Hogfish over the sand I don't get too close to these all that often, and this waited just long enough for me to take the picture before departing for somewhere else.
(2015-05-21 13:35:50 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Hogfish over the sand
Yellowline Arrow Crab in the Giant Anemone This giant anemone has some serious coloration and houses the Yellowline arrow crab which is peeking out.
(2015-05-21 13:34:49 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Yellowline Arrow Crab in the Giant Anemone
Porcupinefish closeup I was patient and approached this one slowly after letting it acclimate to my presence and it, surprisingly, didn't flee before I got the shot.
(2015-05-21 13:45:12 NIKON D7000 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Porcupinefish closeup
Filling up my dive tanks The Bauer compressor fills up my tanks in less than 20 minutes per tank, here the tank is almost full at 3000PSI (the tanks are high-pressure, so I fill them to 3300PSI so that they read 3000PSI when they cool down from filling)
(2015-05-21 17:45:07 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/22.0, 1/15s] ISO 100)
Filling up my dive tanks
Salsa band at Calmos starting The band has just warmed up and is doing their first number in the first set. The crowds don't set in for another 30 minutes.
(2015-05-21 20:34:51 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Salsa band at Calmos starting
   
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