Sunday, June 30, 2013

Underwater creatures

Just wanted to share a few random shots of underwater creatures!
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We snorkeled in a giant clam reserve, set up by the government, and within, it’s illegal to hunt the giant clams for food.  These things were massive, and beautifully colorful!
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Some of the empty giant clam shells showed that poaching was still happening.  Sad.
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MS and I also visited a tourist turtle reserve (they accept donations of turtles accidentally caught by fishermen, though they don’t return them to the wild).  I didn’t feel great about visiting the site, but at the same time, they aren’t actively capturing or farming turtles.  They literally hung a sign for entrance fee, cut up some fruit to feed the turtles when we rocked up, and spoke no English, and told us nothing else.  Pretty anti-touristy.

Added two videos of the turtles, on a separate post, here!

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