Baby Green Turtles and Blue Sea Stars
Trip Start Feb 26, 2013
29Trip End Apr 15, 2013
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Proyek Penyu Turtle Hatchery
So I slept in this morning and didn't do the optional dolphin excursion although the others said it was great. Instead I woke up around 7 am, showered, went to breakfast where I was joined by Mrs. Evy. Soon the others arrived from their dolphin trip and ate their breakfast. I gathered my necessities in my daypack and was at the lobby by 9:45 or so. I waited until the entire group congregated, with Josephine and Massimo coming just a few minutes after 10 am.
Our local driver drove us to the Reef Seen Resort in Pemutenan village, North Bali. Here an Australian man named Chris Brown started Reef Seen Aquatics with several different activities. We had signed up for the Projek Penyu Turtle Hatchery tour and snorkeling. We had been hoping to see some turtles hatching but this time of year, the turtles have just started and the hatchery pretty much depends on local people alerting them to where the nests are
After sating ourselves with Badu and baby green turtle photos all of us except Malcolm were ready for snorkeling once we got proper fins and masks and snorkels for those of us who didn't bring them. I managed to get on my fins and mask and waded in,to the water. It was so nice and warm - I didn't experience the usual shock to my body one bit!! At first, I was disappointed, even though I hadn't had really high expectations. The coral seemed brown and dead except for a few bits here and there, but as I went out farther onto the reef, I found wondrous and amazing things!! There were flattish corals that looked like pedestal cake holders and what looked like some brain coral - or similar shaped coral, as well as lots of other kinds with greens, browns, tans, blues and pinkish-reds. Ooops, I just heard very loud thunder. First I saw some 10" white, almost transparent, fish swimming in front of the reef. Later I saw fish with many variations of black, yellow and white in multiple sizes - some solid black, one kind of small fish with white and yellow and a bold black spot on the sides towards its tail
I kept having problems with water getting into my snorkel. Since my Darth Vader episode in Bonaire, I have been scared of breathing in water, so I didn't go far out so that I could swim back and stand on the bottom and empty the snorkel every one in awhile. On one trip back and forth, I saw a blue sea star lying on a round, stone-shaped coral. It kind of blended in so I was surprised when I made it out and then when I turned around, I saw another on another coral, but this one seemed brighter and more visible. They were a very pretty periwinkle blue. After this sighting, even though I went and removed the water from my snorkel once more, I was pretty much done. I was so thrilled with the sea stars that I felt my snorkeling was completely fulfilled and I didn't need to see anything more. It was nice....I would have gone out again if it weren't for the water issue.
Josephine had arranged for the driver to leave us for 2 hours and somehow we had managed to do our activities in much less time