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Mating Seahorse Videos–A Once in a Lifetime Experience?

Is shooting video of mating seahorses a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

Not so, if you are on Bonaire!

Seahorses are high on the bucket list of most Bonaire diving visitors, right along with frogfish, turtles, rays, and other elusive sea creatures. Many are happy to be shown a seahorse by their dive guides, but they are truly delighted when they stumble across one on their own, as the creatures are usually very camouflaged.

So, you can imagine the happiness when your dive takes you to an area of the reef where there are two seahorses! Eureka, you have hit pay dirt! But wait, it gets better, way better, when the two seahorses start the dance of love right before your eyes.

Coming across two mating seahorses.

mating seahorses, image by Ron WilseyThis is exactly what occurred to Ron and Nancy Wilsey back in early November, 2016, at a dive site on the southern leeward side (location has been intentionally omitted to protect the privacy of these seahorses). Nancy first located a yellow seahorse, and, while Ron set up to film it, she found a second seahorse in the area.

A few days later they returned to see if they could find the couple once again, and found the seahorses involved in extreme courtship! The female wrapped her tail around the male and appeared to open his pouch.

Just a few moments later, they met in mid-water, where they went belly-to-belly and eggs were exchanged.

An amazing experience, and one which you’d think could never be repeated again! But not so for Ron and Nancy! Later in the month, friends of theirs shared their find of seahorses at another southern dive site, so off Ron and Nancy went to see if they could find them.

Finding a second set of amorous seahorses.

But this time, it was Ron who found the yellow seahorse. Not to be outdone, Nancy continued to look for a second seahorse, knowing that many times there are two in close proximity. Sure enough, a second, rust-colored seahorse was found. After a wonderful vacation, Ron and Nancy returned to their El Paso, Illinois (USA) home for the holidays, with many memories of wonderful dives on Bonaire.

Returning to find yet more mating seahorses.

But the story doesn’t end there. The Wilseys own a vacation home on Bonaire, which allowed them to return in early 2017 for an extended visit, getting them away from the cold and snow of winter in Illinois.

They quickly set out to check on their two sets of loving seahorses, and unfortunately, the first set had relocated and was not to be found anywhere.

However, Ron and Nancy were delighted to find their second set of seahorses was still in the same area, and, on February 19, 2017, engaged once again in some lovemaking which Ron was able to catch on video!

The chances of seeing this happen once in your lifetime are small. But Ron and Nancy seem to swim upon lots of sex in the sea; we might need to start calling them the Seahorse Whisperers.

But it still doesn’t end there. Yet again, Bonaire’s Seahorse Whisperers said a final farewell to the loving couple with this video of “almost” mating behavior, filmed a few weeks before their departure from Bonaire. At the risk of being anthropomorphic, we can only imagine their communications: “Honey, can we just cuddle today?”

With so much procreation activity happening under the sea, it’s comforting to know there will be many baby seahorses populating the reefs around Bonaire.

Ron and Nancy Wilsey, long-time repeat visitors to Bonaire.

This most recent visit was Ron and Nancy Wilsey’s 29th visit to Bonaire, and they are two-time Bonaire ambassadors. On this season’s visit, Ron and Nancy logged 120 dives together, and they completed a landmark dive, their 830th dive just here on Bonaire.

“You can be accepted and blend with nature if you are patient and approach on nature’s terms.”

— Ron Wilsey

The two work as a team–Nancy is normally scouting for critters, while Ron is filming. Ron uses a Canon G16 with a Fantasea housing. The excellent zoom capability allows Ron to keep his distance so as to not interrupt behaviors or alarm the creatures, but still provide fantastic close-up viewing. With any underwater photography or videography, excellent diving buoyancy skills are necessary.

So, are you going to find your own seahorse couple on your next Bonaire vacation? Sound in on the comment section below!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter, image and videos by Ron and Nancy Wilsey, used with permission)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer.  She also enjoys writing on The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.


 

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Video and Photo Gallery of Bonaire’s Grand Carnival Parade 2017

Bonaire’s Grand Carnival Parade 2017.

This past weekend took its toll on a lot of folks here on Bonaire–at least those who were dancing down the long Carnival parade route from about 2:00 PM until past 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, those who where on the sidelines sat back and enjoyed the show!

Costumes glittered and gleamed.

Costumes were indeed extravagant, colorful, with lots of feathers, sequins, and other glittering items. Headdresses were so voluminous that one wonders how the wearers manage to keep their heads up straight!

Each Carnival group has a theme.

A variety of Carnival (Karnaval in Papiamentu) groups offered a fun display of themes: There were creatures from under the sea, celestial bodies and the signs of the zodiac, and even a bunch of construction workers who were spreading “asphalt” to fill all the holes in Bonaire’s roads (something truly needed on Bonaire these days!).

Two more Carnival events before the season closes.

There’s only two more events before the Carnival season ends:  Tonight will be a replay of the Children’s Carnival from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and tomorrow a replay of the Grand Carnival, starting at 7:00 PM, and ending at midnight with the burning of King Momo.

Video of Sunday’s parade.

If you couldn’t see it live, sit back and enjoy this video and the photo gallery following.

 

Photo Gallery of Sunday’s parade.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Children’s Carnival (Karnaval) Was a Glitzy Pageant of Color and Energy

Bonaire’s Children’s Carnival was in Rincon on Saturday and Kralendijk on Sunday.

Bonaire's Children Carnival 2017This past weekend, over 300 of Bonaire’s youth kept the older population entertained when they performed in the 2017 edition of the Bonaire Youth Carnival Parade in Rincon on Saturday and in Kralendijk on Sunday.

The children were in six themed groups and exhibited a lot of youthful energy as they danced down the street.

Watch the largest group with 125 youth!

 

A variety of themes were represented in the Children’s Carnival–we had U.S. military personnel in the Army For Peace, navy, butterflies, ballerinas, and even belly-dancers!

Upcoming Carnival Events for the next week.

Bonaire's Children Karnaval 2017For those who haven’t yet observed the many Bonaire Carnival events, the next events will take place on Friday, February 24th, 2017, when there will be the school parade, the teener parade, and even the adults get into the early action with the elderly parade.

Then, next Saturday in Rincon, and next Sunday in Kralendijk, the adults will get to strut their stuff and see if they can out-do the kids when the Grand Carnival Parades take place.

Photo Gallery of Children’s Carnival.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

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VIDEO: Bonaire…Quickly!

A new take on how to spend one’s Bonaire vacation!

Bonaire has long been known for its peace and tranquility–one reason visitors return again and again.  And many of the videos that are viewed from holidays on Bonaire support the “peace and quiet” of Bonaire.

But today we share with you a new take on Bonaire, showing just how much a person can jam into one fun-filled holiday!  Enjoy “Bonaire…Quickly!”

Thanks to Bruce Schnaak for his really fast take on Bonaire!  If you have a video of your Bonaire vacation that you would like to share, upload it to InfoBonaire’s Facebook page.

 

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(Source: InfoBonaire’s Facebook Page)

 

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VIDEO: Bonaire’s Excellent Diving, Filmed November, 2016

Bonaire visitors, Peter and Kate, shared this excellent underwater video of their Bonaire diving holiday.

 

We’d like to share this video that Peter and Kate made from their November, 2016 Bonaire vacation, and which they’ve uploaded to InfoBonaire’s Facebook page.

Bonaire’s excellent SCUBA diving

It highlights Bonaire’s unsurpassed diving, and they caught some amazing animal behaviors on video.

Good buoyancy skills are always necessary for good photography or videography.

It’s also refreshing to see the photographers and videographers were making use of excellent buoyancy skills! Congratulations to Peter and Kate on a fine video.  We hope you enjoy this glimpse into Bonaire’s underwater realm as much as we did.

 

If you have a video of a Bonaire visit that you’d like to share, be sure to post it on our Facebook page.

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(Source: InfoBonaire’s Facebook Page)

 

 

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VIDEO: Octopus Steals Go Pro and Takes Video of Diver!

Divers use many adjectives to describe the feelings they experience when diving on Bonaire:  awe-inspiring, humbling, peaceful, zen.  However, not many actually can say that Bonaire’s underwater denizens have actually tickled their funny bone!

Recently on a dive at Carib Inn, a diver had an unexpected octopus encounter!  We won’t give away the story, so you’ll have to watch the video.

For those readers who have dove at Carib Inn, the diver that got “snookered” was none other than Carib Inn’s own Kitty!  Thanks, Kitty, for a great laugh!

 

(Source: Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)

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Fire-Jumping on the Feast Days of San Wan and San Pedro

firejumpingEach year at the end of June, during the Saints Days of San Wan (St. John) and San Pedro (St. Peter), Bonaireans go back to their roots, and this year was no exception.

Residents and visitors were treated to several occasions of fire-jumping.  Along with this festivity, there is always some spontaneous impromptu music, using the traditional cultural instruments, those which hearken back to the days of using farm implements, or other items around the kunuku.  These can include the marimba, wiri (guiro), bari (small drum), karko (an empty conch shell), the triangle, guitar, quarta (a local, four-stringed guitar), and, of course, hand-clapping for percussion.

We hope you enjoy these videos.

 

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

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Fantastic Video of Bonaire Above the Water Line

We have shared some fantastic underwater videos recently, but we cannot forget that Bonaire is just as stunning above the water line!  Today we feature a video which illustrates why so many visitors fall in love with this island!

Today’s featured video, by We Share Bonaire, is narrated in Bonaire’s native language, Papiamentu.  English subtitles are provided which translate this moving poem, and the video is entitled, “I Shall Return.”

It tells of how one man, who must leave his native home of Bonaire, and longs to return and promises to do just that.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 


Video courtesy of We Share Bonaire

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter, We Share Bonaire)

 

 

 

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