Sunday, August 26, 2012
Surviving the heat
The water in this little cove is deep and cool. With our masks on we can clearly see the great slabs of Albera Mountain rocks below the surface. Parts of this rock is covered with sponge and underwater ferns punctuated every so often by huge, large black sea urchins. There are smaller sparkling shellfish twinkling among the padina pavonica algae, which look like little white orchids. Best of all are the schools of fish, some the size of a fingernail, right up to large fish, sea bream and sea bass, that would be lovely on the dinner table. My favourite thing to do is lie motionless while thousands of little fish surround you. It is quite magical.
Finally last night it felt cooler thanks to the Tramuntana winds. All the boats in the bay had gone off to safer moorings. This morning the winds were measuring force six on the Beaufort scale, and we discovered a large sailboat had been blown ashore and was now lying stranded on the beach below us. Apparently, some kids had managed to beach the boat. Since it's quite a distance to deeper water, it will be interesting to see how the boat is refloated. That's for another day.