The best part of diving at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is that I'm in close contact with marine life. As I continue to explore this underwater otherworld, I am continually struck by the personalities of the life I see, and by the sheer joy of this life being aware that I'm seeing it.
If you’ve ever seen a Pipefish, chances are you initially thought it was a stray frond of seaweed, wafting in the swash. Pipefish look uncannily like the eelgrass they are often found in. Look close and you’ll see how much they resemble seahorses.
The first time I saw a skeleton shrimp, I could have sworn I was looking at an alien. Rising, up and down, like a miniature praying mantis, this one was hooked to a diver’s BCD. The diver pointed it out and asked me what it was. I had never seen anything like it.