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Philippines: Whalesharks and funny creatures

Beach life continues

sunny 29 °C

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No news = good news. It has been a long time since the last update; Well, life is slow here. And I like it that way. Still sun, diving, safari's, relaxing, nice people, blablabla. Very positively boring. But, no worries, there are some new things. Two couple of friends visited me; You can read about Pat and Suus's visit on www.PatandSuus.com (on the right click on Philippines).

But most things happen underwater here. In the last months some whale sharks swam past the dive center. But unfortunately, they have the annoying habit to stick their head above the water, but then drop down quickly again to be never seen again. Apparently I was diving 50 meter away from one, but i saw walah (=nothing). Normally underwater creatures like me and come to cuddle, but not the whale sharks. Well, it appears that all off them swim to Donsol, about 1000km from here. They spend their holidays there to enjoy a plankton feast. So, on the plane then and on to Donsol. First some diving to find manta's, but walah. The next day I went diving again, but now as guide! Haha walah cuarta = no paying. after that two days of whale shark hunting. Driving round and round and round and round until the spotters finally saw a shadow. Andthen, more shadows and more. In a few hours we were so fortunate to see five whale sharks!!! Very close, too close. I almost jumped on one, almost ending up in his or her mouth. Also funny was how big pieces of orange life bait (mostly Chinese and Korean) were thrown into the water; leaving the whale sharks and other snorkelers flabbergasted...
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Then, playing safari guide again for the Apo Island and Siquior dive trip. Normally the place for small funny animals, but this time the hunting ground of an eagle ray and even a tresher shark: The first one in two years. Hopefully, the fisherman will not found out, because they like to eat them. Still only Whale sharks and manta's are protected. Unfortunately no pictures of these monsters, because i was taken pictures of stupid small funny animals (like an orang utan crab). Turning around to show my guests my discoveries, I almost dropped my camera to found I was looking into the eyes of the Tresher Shark. But no worries, i did make some nice pictures of our less speedy and weird animal friends with strange habits.

OK, now i have to go again, because tomorrow is the last safari of the season. Next time, to complement my top10 of weird UW creatures, I will post my top 10 of weird Pinoy customs

Posted by Sander938 11:30 Archived in Philippines

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