One thing scuba divers get to experience is the curiosity of wildlife unimpeded by fear. It is something most walkers of wilderness and bush will rarely find as animal run or hide from an apex predator.

Go for a dive however and the animals pretty quickly work out how slow, clumsy and awkward we are and return to their business as if we were not even there. Then there are the curious ones.

Most fish simply come in close to check us out. Others do flybys. Horseshoe leather jackets take their curiosity to a new level. While this lot is admiring their reflections, potential partners or adversaries in the dome of my camera there is another lot behind me grabbing and tugging bits of my hair.

After a while it was simply overwhelming and I had to move on, … to the next lot of curious creatures!

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