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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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Turtles and Sardines!

These are similar, but different enough…  Again, like the other videos I posted earlier today, they’re just a few seconds long. 

I love how graceful the turtle swims and how incredible the sardine wall is (pictures definitely don’t give it justice!).

This was from when we spotted our first turtle, before we swam closer to it.

Turtle Bay House Reef–Moalboal, Cebu

Then we caught up to it, look how gracefully it swims…  It just glides in the water…

Turtle Bay House Reef–Moalboal, Cebu

A whole different turtle on our last dive – this one just swam away from us, but it’s cool that you can see the remoras swimming underneath.

Turtle at Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Cebu

And now for the sardines.  This thing is AMAZING.  Seriously worth watching!  Can you believe all that dark cloud is made of billions of sardines?

Sardine Wall–Pescador Island, Cebu

 

And this one you can see them moving about pretty well (they form that “hole” whenever someone shines a light, or if the air bubbles get close).

Sardine Wall 2–Pescador Island

And lastly, one video showing a whole different perspective, the sardines swimming by in shallow water.

Sardines–Pescador Island, Cebu

And these are all my underwater pictures and videos from the trip!  We’re off to Coron tomorrow, not coming back until Tuesday, so I might be quiet for the next few days.  (We’ll only go diving twice while we’re there, but to old Japanese shipwrecks.  This should be interesting…) 

I’ll post a little travel review of Moalboal, Cebu, soon!

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Videos of the dives!

You knew this was coming…  Along with the pictures, I got some great videos as well.

They’re all only a few seconds long, so it won’t take too long of your time and there’s no sound, except for the bubbles from our breath, so feel free to turn the sound off.

First, the whitetip reef shark in Batangas, from when we got our advanced certification.

Whitetip Reef Shark–Batangas, Philippines

Then the octopus!  There were two of them, the one swimming is great!

Octopus–Pescador Island

And a sea snake!!!  Totally cool!

Snake–Talisay Wall, Moalboal, Cebu

Another one from Talisay Wall, a sea worm (cucumber?) on the move!

Talisay Wall

And lastly, the coral reef as we were moving to shallow water on Talisay Wall as well…  This is the longest video at over a minute, and it was a big shaky at first, as I was trying to avoid filming Karl’s fins but I got the hang of it soon enough.  Beautiful huh?

Talisay Wall

More videos to come like the AMAZING sardine wall, and the turtle swimming.  They deserve a post of their own!

Anyone knows why my videos show up tiny on reader but fine on the site?  This is frustrating 😦

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The last of the diving pics… More turtles!

Part 4

I know, I know, wasn’t this a running blog?

We’ll get back to the running soon (I have been taking a bit of time off to see if this hip gets better), but until then, the last of our diving pictures (videos are currently being uploaded on youtube, so that will be next!).

Panagsama Beach – Moalboal, Cebu

An orangutan crab!  How cool is that!

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Another pretty sea cucumber!  (This one was about 2 feet long.)

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A big sea urchin in hiding…  (There were a lot of them in Panagsama.)

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More pipefish!

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TURTLE!!!!   See the cute remoras on top of it?

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Karl and the turtle!

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The remoras are now on the bottom!

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I think this is a stone fish?  One of the creepiest looking fish I’ve ever seen!

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Pretty sea slug!  I don’t get tired of them!

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Since the blue starfish was a big hit, here’s another one!

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More lionfish too!

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And another orangutan crab (they seem to really like the bubble corals!  We found a lot of them!)

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Now this is for sure the ugliest fish.  Can you spot the stonefish?

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How about now?

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More turtles!

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A brain looking coral…

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And a wart starfish.  Interesting looking, but I wouldn’t call it pretty.

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The turtles warm up my heart…

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Another pretty lionfish!

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More cool looking corals…

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And I found Nemo again!

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Aren’t these little yellow fish adorable?  They were so cute and tiny!

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And of course, more pretty looking fish!

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Karl looking good!

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Me?  Not so much…

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