09-30-2013, 08:45 PM
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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.
SELAMAT JALAN !!!