Silver Swift: Gordon the Turtle in a Sharks tale

So the 2nd snorkelling stop of the day is at Gordon Reef and we head there after a pretty tasty hot and cold buffet lunch, much more choice than on the 1st Tusa boat which is much better. Luckily the sun is still out shining, so it’s lovely sitting out on the deck eating lunch.

The next spot is my favourite of the day, since the corals are so colourful and are really close to the surface but still have big 25ft drops to see the contrast and the depth the sea goes to. There is a big coral wall we are told to look at and on one side is the deep water and the other a very shallow area of continuous colour and different types of corals. It’s so tranquil just being under the water and the mix of fish here are really amazing. Lots of angel fish and as as I am videoing a particular zebra looking fish, in the distance see a reef shark swim past so start following that for a bit as that is my first shark on this trip, however it moves pretty fast and is quite deep down so hard to get too close for a picture. The reef sharks are not meant to be dangerous and just swim about gracefully.

After the shark I explore out towards the deeper area in the hope I might see some more sharks and instead come across a turtle coming up for air and seems oblivious of me. As I try not to et too close, so not to distress it the current keeps moving me towards it while the turtle has mastered staying in one spot so I end up pretty much face to face with it and it being in my way. I manage to get a cool pics seeing the amazing colours of its shell before trying to move away from it gently as keep getting pushed into it. Eventually it decide to float back down in a sort of kamikaze dive, which is cool and always think turtles are some of the most graceful swimmers (actually along with sharks).  The turtle then nestles into the seabed under a rock, hiding away for the rest of the snorkelling time I have as do keep swimming past to check if it is coming up for air again. Well that is until I loose where the turtle is, as eventually all the coral and seabeds look slightly the same. The rest of the fish are so amazing from lots of little memo’s (clown fish) in the shallow corals, to butterfly fish, angel and some pretty large parrot fish which are all colourful and some look electric blue/green. Still no expert on fish but getting there!

10th March 2016

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