Puffins like to be together. And so it was that when Sally and Michael planned a windsurfing trip to Aruba, soon Karin and Massimo decided to come, and Dana and Andy were already going (with Una and Kai), and then Greg decided to surprise everyone by showing up. We were all there for relaxation and the wind.
Relaxation we got.
Wind...not so much.
And we also had a mystery.
With the wind planable less than two hours each day, many of us started grabbing big boards to cruise around on. Michael found some Exocet Konas hidden in the back of Vela...he'd recently developed a Kona fetish after seeing them on Surfingsports' blog...and so immediately grabbed one and went out. Andy did likewise. But after awhile Andy went back to shore, and Michael went cruising off for an adventure. A few hundred yards past the reef towards the wreck, Michael espied a bright blue shape in the water up ahead, so irridescent he thought it must be a piece of plastic carried in by the ocean currents. He sailed right over it, looked down, and saw a beautiful blue ray, with large spots on its wings. Moving at a nice pace, he was not able to stop on a dime for a closer look, and when he returned to the spot he thought it was, it was gone. A few more passes over the area, but the blue ray was not to be seen.
Excitedly, Michael sailed back to the launch at Vela and walked up to Dana and Andy to tell them. Dana replied "we saw that earlier...it was too blue to be real. Maybe it was a kite?" Michael says he's pretty sure it was a blue ray, but D&A are skeptical. "We'll sail over there and search some more" they say. The truth must be ascertained, they agreed. And so they searched. But they found neither blue ray nor blue kite or anything like what we'd all seen before.
What became of the blue ray? Had it swum away? Had its plastic ray-ass been dragged out by a phantom current? Nobody knows.
Except possibly Una. Una, who sat on the nose of the board Dana was piloting had the best view of any of us. When asked, she gave a mysterious look and just smiled.
When it comes to the blue ray, Una isn't talking.
( Check out more photos from the Mystery of the Blue Ray.)