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Happy Holidays from the crew and staff of the Nautilus Explorer and Belle Amie!!

December 24, 2014 Written by

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the boat

Not a diver was stirring, not even the divemasters were afloat,

The wetsuits hung out on the diving deck,

In the hopes that the giant mantas would soon be there, like St Nick,

The divers were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of hammerhead sharks danced in their heads,

The Captain in his uniform shirt and mate in his nicest ball cap

Had just settled their brains for a long Socorro nap

When out on the back deck there arose such a clatter

They sprung from their bunks to see what was the matter

Away to the portholes they flew like a flash

Tore open the deadlights and threw up the sash

When what to their wondering eyes did appear

But a giant manta ray and diver in gear

The fully kitted diver so lively and quick

They knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

Now the manta was a beautiful sight to all

Now dash away! Dash away, dash away all.

To Roca Partida the courses they flew

With remoras and St. Nicholas too –

Down the walls of the cleaning station with a kick

He looked like a peddler opening his kit.

His regulator drawn up like a bow

The beard on his chin was as white as snow.

A wink of his eye and twist of his head

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

But I heard him exclaim, ere he dove out of sight –

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

 

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