We are sitting at the Starbucks at the Makasar airport in Sulawesi. I may not have internet for a while after getting on the boat. I'll post when I can. This will be a long day of three different flights to get to West Papua. Hope to post soon.
This WILL be the last post for a while. We were held in Manikwari harbor an extra day. The local chiefs were demanding a bribe to let us leave port. One chief wanted a laptop, but settled for seven hundred dollars instead. The boat owner may be deciding not to do these trips in the future. Without the tourists paying to see these whale sharks, I fear for the safety of these magnificent creatures. Their fins make them very valuable. Only money from tourists might make them more valuable alive.
We will leaving shortly for a five hour steam to our next site, far from any civilization. I will catch you up when I can.
Wow Allison what a wonderful experience you are having!
It seems like coppers worldwide flock to Indo at this time of year - my Sgt and 2 Snr connies just got back from Bali after a month over there. Sgt is an avid diver as well ;)
You still need to make the short flight across to Aus though! We've got a huge population of blue ringed octopus in South Australia, very close to the shore line. Also some exquisite leafy sea dragons.
Loving your photos - they are great for procrastinating, traffic fundamentals are not the most exciting study topic! Posted via Mobile Device