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El Nido Diving: Nudibranch!

We saw a TON of nudibranch in this trip, they deserve a post of their own. 

So many different types! 

Karl says he doesn’t understand the appeal, that everyone makes such a big deal about something so small, but they’re so cool looking (and pretty!), how can you not get excited?

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Diving Day 2: Favorites!

Seriously, we saw some pretty cool things on the second day of diving, and though they’re not necessarily the best pictures, they are definitely the coolest animals!

Starting with…  A ghost pipefish! (You can click to enlarge the first picture.)  Can you believe this thing is real?  How cool is that?  (Pipefish are in the same family as seahorses, so though I haven’t been lucky enough to see a seahorse, I’ve seen a few pipefish and they’re totally cool!)

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Then a school of bumphead parrotfish passed by.  They are not small fish, and were all scavenging for food.

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And then, a school of yellow snapper!  So pretty!

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And another pipefish!  Couldn’t figure out what type this is, so if anyone knows, please help!

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To my friend’s Liz’s delight, we then saw a mantis shrimp.  I had never heard of them, and it was totally cool.  The eyes moving around were so weird!  (You can click to enlarge.)

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And then we saw an old turtle, “the grandfather” as our divemaster called it.  The picture does not do it justice, it was the size of a smart car.

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And lastly, an eel!

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I’m totally looking forward to diving again – hope we don’t have to wait until April for our Palau trip, and can get some dives in before then!

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Diving Day 2

Day 2 was also our last day of diving!  We got to see super interesting things, that deserve a post of their own, but I still had to share the other still pretty (but not as cool!) things we saw…

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Did you know these are “feather stars” – related to starfish?  They have bottom legs that move them around, and I caught one on video, totally weird!

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I think parrotfish are so cool!

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Don’t they look like little bees?

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Here’s another look at a feather star!  They were EVERYWHERE in El Nido.  Usually you always see some, but there they were every place you looked.

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Christmas Tree Worms…

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And a puffer fish!

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El Nido was definitely a great place for diving!  And the best part is that we would stop for lunch at one of the beautiful white sandy beaches!

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El Nido: The Diving Pictures!

It’s been a while since I posted pictures of us diving, after all, after diving for a month straight getting 21 dives under our belt, we spent almost 3 months away from it, taking trips to non-diving locations.

In El Nido, I was able to get another 6 dives under my belt when I convinced my friend Liz to go diving with me.  She was a diver, but hasn’t done anything for over 10 years and was quite nervous about it, since it’s been so long.  But the dive master pulled her aside on our first dive, and after 5 minutes of a reminder, she was back in diving shape and ready to go!

Here are some of our pictures from day 1. I had a really hard time, as I forgot my camera thingy that absorbs moisture, so my lens kept fogging up.  I had to delete a ton of pictures that just didn’t come out nice enough…

Crocodile Fish.  Can you spot it? (Click to enlarge)

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Tube-dwelling Anemone (yes, I had to look that up!)

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A worm!  No, really!

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Pretty coral…

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A cute little ray!!!

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A juvenile Rockmover Wrasse (you can click to enlarge both pictures)

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I love these sponge that look like vases…

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Back by popular demand, the blue starfish!

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Bubble coral!  (I think it’s my favorite coral!)

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Another ray!

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Can you see the little see-through shrimp?  (You can click to enlarge)

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Another HUGE sponge

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Nemo!  In an anemone that sort of looks like a bunch of little boobs with long nipples, no?

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Sea cucumber

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Another anemone (love them!)

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A baby turtle!

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Pretty clam

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We even went diving inside a cave!

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HUGE puffer fish.  No, really, it must have been 3 feet long

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A crab!

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Tomorrow, pictures from our second day of diving (we saw another turtle, a school of yellow snapper and a mantis shrimp)!  And we saw SO MANY nudibranch on these dives, that those deserve a post of their own…

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