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post #51 of 75 Old 09-27-2013, 04:12 PM
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Love them! DD & I have been enjoying creeping your photobucket albums. She is a total beachcomber when we go on vacation and is absolutely fascinated seeing the underwater creatures.

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post #52 of 75 Old 09-28-2013, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #53 of 75 Old 09-28-2013, 11:17 PM
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Love the pictures! I think the tiny seahorse and the blue ringed octopus are so neat. We're all jealous of your adventures.
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post #54 of 75 Old 09-28-2013, 11:21 PM
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Awesome stuff! Great finds, fingers crossed you see lots of sharks. The big nice ones of course! Safe travels... Looking forward to seeing more, more, more!!!

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post #55 of 75 Old 09-28-2013, 11:28 PM
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looks like the trip of a lifetime so far!


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post #56 of 75 Old 09-30-2013, 10:34 AM
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So cool!!!!
Whats the job market like there? I may think of staying if I were you. Maybe get a job as a dive guide. LOL
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post #57 of 75 Old 09-30-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #58 of 75 Old 09-30-2013, 08:44 PM
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Did you try riding the seahorse?

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post #59 of 75 Old 09-30-2013, 09:05 PM
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Make shark fin soup something shameful to eat, if possible. hard to change tradition, but it might be the only way.
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post #60 of 75 Old 10-06-2013, 01:43 AM
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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!
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