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Date: 28 Jun 2013 23:57:00
Title: Birthday Snorkel

In the Water for a Birthday Snorkel.
 
 
 
 
 
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I don’t remember ever saying out loud that I would like to snorkel on my birthday. True, I never have before. After our late lunch I thought we would settle to playing games, no, at four o’clock my wetsuit was thrust at me and that was that - within minutes I was in and within seconds we were exploring several large reefs. The sun was bright and lit the yellows and oranges. Amazing that these hard corals are communities of animals, best seen at night when all the ‘hairy’ looking bits stick out when they feed. Neither of us fancy going in in the dark, so we have to be content with what we see now.
 
 
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One or two fish.
 
 
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Sea cucumbers were everywhere in ones, groups and full regional meetings. 
 
 
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We saw lots in purple tones and some weird shapes.
 
 
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This chap was happy to pose.
 
 
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A new chap on us was the convict surgeon, I would prefer to call him the Stripy Mr. Fish – proper or Latin name - Acanthurus triostegus. They can be seen alone, in twos, threes, hundreds or even thousands - that would be quite a sight - we just saw them in small numbers.
 
 
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Lots to see.
 
 
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One second we could see hundreds of tiny bluey-green fish, they saw us and disappeared completely into the depths of this massive coral.
 
 
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The oddest thing was to see Beez to my left and you-know-who to my right. En route back we went to look at the anchor, home to shower, games and a small libation before a nice sunset and a couple of good films – a great day.
 
 
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ALL IN ALL GLAD I WENT IN – IN THE END
                     VERY SUNNY DIP

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