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post #61 of 75 Old 10-06-2013, 06:47 PM
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Come to Aus and go to the Whitsundays off the coast of Queensland...most beautiful place I've ever been to and it has FANTASTIC snorkelling!

Dooo eeet...

I've been following this thread and haven't posted...you take gorgeous photos and it looks like you're having a great time!

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post #62 of 75 Old 10-06-2013, 07:55 PM
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Chokolate, have you been further north on the GBR out of Pt Douglas? Even more beautiful and far less populated than the Whitsundays ;)
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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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Police need to get a huge break from their jobs! What better way than visiting such a foreign environment?

I doubt I will be diving South Aus. Water. The water's too bloody cold! BRRRRR!!
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Got into Jakarta, Indonesia last night. I will be leaving for Singapore this evening. All I can say is that the trip aboard the MSY Seahorse was a delight. We had some of the best diving with whale sharks that the boat has had in a good while. At times we had seven sharks swimming around us at a time. They are INCREDIBLE and kindly beasts. I have many photos that I need to go through. The visibility was not the best, but the photos are just fine. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!! If the finners don't manage to get in there and kill these sharks, then maybe it will get easier and easier for people to go there and experience them. Making them more valuable as long term investments may be their only hope.

I will post more, if I get wifi on my flight back to the states.

Right now, I have to get rid of my "sea legs". You get so used to the rocking of the boat, that when you get on land, you still feel that rocking! You can actually get "land sick" just as you can get seasick. The ground feels like it is rocking and heaving all of the time. SIGH!!
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Oh, I love whale sharks! I used to be completely obsessed with them when I was younger. Would still love to see them in real life.

Hope you get your land legs soon enough. :)
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Sitting in San Fran airport with a seven hour layover. I have a chance to look at a few of my shark photos. Hope you like them.....

This is a net full of the bait fish that the sharks love. They will suck on the nets, too. The fishermen think they are good luck and will throw some of the bait to them.




One of the up to seven sharks we had at any given time. Some were smaller, some larger. Interestingly, they were all male.



One of our group with one.



A shot out of the water of the "Bagan" (fishing platform) with the fisherman dropping bait fish. They are anchored in 80 meters of water (approx 250 feet).



One of the bigger ones



The sharks sucking bait fish



A close up of some "sucking" of bait fish. Mind you, I am shooting with a 10mm lens. What you don't realize is that I am only a couple of feet away from this guy. A real thrill!!

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So, they don't eat plankton? Is that the basking shark? I get them mixed up.

So glad you got to see these guys. It must have been simply amazing. I so wish we could sit down around a coffee table with your photos and hear all your stories, in detail, and see your face as you tell them. The internet is a very poor cousin to the real thing.
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It all looks and sounds wonderful - other than being underwater is one of my worst nightmares.
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post #69 of 75 Old 10-11-2013, 05:24 PM
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Chokolate, have you been further north on the GBR out of Pt Douglas? Even more beautiful and far less populated than the Whitsundays ;)
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I never have personally but my parents have and have been talking about taking my sister and I next year because it's so beautiful. That would be really exciting! I was just thinking...in terms of easily accessible places...some of them are REALLY hard to get to (as in, helicopters and the like :) )

Those shark photos are so good, Allison! I'm jealous.

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So, they don't eat plankton? Is that the basking shark? I get them mixed up.

Nurse shark maybe???

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