Just wanted to share a few random shots of underwater creatures!
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!
Some of the empty giant clam shells showed that poaching was still happening. Sad.
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!