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Summer 2007 - Malaysia V

Dive photography day

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We woke up early this morning at 5:30 and Andrew's right ear still felt plugged. He took another Sudafed, waited for an extra half hour for the boat, and ended up leaving at 6:30. It turns out that there was a problem with the boat. While we were waiting, I debated and finally decided to rent a camera for the day. We went back to dive at Sipadan again, and dove at Mid-reef and Barracuda Point.

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We saw lots of turtles and sharks again. One of the sharks was sleeping. We would come close to it and it would up and swim in a big circle, only to come back to the same spot again to rest. This happened a couple of times. We also saw lots of other cool fish. Here are a few of the pictures:

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So those are a few photos from the first dive. After the dive, we went to the island to eat some more sandwiches and wait to dive again.

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Our second dive was pretty great also. There was a pretty strong current here, and Andrew was still having ear problems, so he didn't really enjoy himself that much. We saw lots more turtles, sharks, and a big school of barracuda. Here are some of the pictures from this site:

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We wrapped up the dive and were back to the rig by 10:30. I noticed I got some pretty nasty scratches from some dead coral on the bottom. I got some pretty accusing looks from the others in the boat, labeling me a coral killer. No corals were harmed in the taking of these photos; I know way better than that.

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We both promptly fell asleep for a good nap before lunch. We hung out on the deck, reading and talking until about 16:00, when we kitted up and went for another dive under the rig. Andrew was doing his navigation dive to finish his course. Again, I took some photos. Here are some of them:

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We came out of the water, and were ready to check out the pictures from the day.

There were more than 200 (it was hard to narrow down which ones I would put here, let me just say). We enjoyed a very nice sunset from the sundeck of the boat while waiting for the pictures to transfer to the iPod.

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That night there was a wonderful barbecue buffet for dinner. Lots of food: fish, shrimp, lamb. Delicious!

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It wasn't difficult to get to sleep, after diving all day and a full stomach of good food.

PS If you're interested in the names of all the things we saw, I tried my hardest to label most of the photos in the online photo album. Common and scientific names, because that's how I roll. Click here to access them (there are extra comments on some of them too).

After renting a digital camera for a day, my next dive investment will be a waterproof case for the point-and-shoot.

Posted by agc_cwm 02:39 Archived in Malaysia

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