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Palau: Manta Rays!

Yep, while diving in Palau we saw sharks, turtles AND manta rays. 

We dove twice at the German Channel, which is a manta ray cleaning station, and we spotted HUGE manta rays on our dives! 

The pictures do not do it justice, but the one in the last few pictures was at least 3 to 4 meters long (the people in the shot were a good 10 feet or more closer to me than the manta ray).

Here are some of the shots…

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I know the manta ray doesn’t look so big compared to Karl – but compare his color to the manta’s – can you tell he was about 10-15 feet closer to me than the manta ray is (which was much deeper than us?).

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To have an idea of its sheer size, that coral underneath it in the picture below is where we had been waiting for a long time, before we started to run out of air (yes, it showed up right as we moved on to start ascending).  There were about 7 of us waiting in one side of that coral – 7 people! 

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Palau: Turtles!

Just like sharks, we spotted turtles on most of our dives.  At Blue Corner, I was actually hooked about 3 feet from a turtle that was munching on coral (got loads of videos of that!).

Here are some of the shots…

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I think this is my funniest picture from the trip:

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Our friend Brian (who I still have to send this picture to…)

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Finally, my first picture with a turtle!  I know, I know, you can’t stand my sexiness!

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And now my second picture with a turtle!

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Our friend Maria swimming along with a turtle at the New Drop Off, our final dive.

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All the turtles we saw are pretty small, because once they’re bigger they move on to the south of Palau, a few hours away from where we were.

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Palau: SHARKS!

Don’t get me wrong, if I was frolicking on the beach and I spotted a shark, I would probably have more fear than excitement, and would likely swim away towards dry land, instead of swimming closer for a nicer shot, or hooking myself to a coral reef to be able to get a better look at them. 

But diving?  It’s a whole different world, and seeing sharks (specially non-aggressive ones like the ones in these waters) makes it for good and exciting diving.  And in Palau we saw them in pretty much every dive!

So it’s no wonder that I got pictures, lots and lots of pictures!  (And for the record, Blue Corner and Ulong Channel were the best spots to see them while we were in Palau, Ulong being our favorite dive.)

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How many sharks can you count?

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Yep, that’s Karl!

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Sharks and Turtles

In almost every dive in Palau…

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And don’t forget the occasional Manta rays…

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And the surprise appearance of dolphins during our boat ride in between dives…

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Loads more to come when we get back to Manila! (It’s a pain to blog from the tablet, and the internet connection here is iffy — and expensive!)

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