Cold water, high winds, rough waves, and SEA LIONS!!!!! This is why I love cold water diving. Norris Rocks in British Columbia is the winter home to a population of Stellar sea lions. Diving with them was my single greatest nature experience. These 800 lb "puppies" would dart around and play, occasionally stopping to be petted or to gently bite me or my camera. Words don't even come close to describing this.
Of course, there were comic moments as well as playful and gentle ones. Like when this sea lion came in to give my arm a little love bite while I was mugging for the camera!