After three years of diving and swimming almost every day, we noticed that the animals started to see us differently.
Perhaps they had got used to our presence, perhaps they sensed we were just another animal in the underwater forest. Whatever the reason, wariness changed to curiosity and physical touch.
The first animal to approach us was a cape clawless otter. These animals are naturally very shy and seldom seen. The otter bounced off the ocean floor, curious but wary. We kept still and he realised that Craig posed no threat. He then swam up to Craig’s face and gently explored his body with its dextrous fingers. It was a humbling and magnificent experience. This has now happened four times in a period of 6 months, both in the water and on the rocky shore.