Sea snake!

Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
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Flag of Philippines  , Siquijor,
Friday, March 19, 2010

This morning we spent almost 2 hours out snorkeling and it was so amazing!  Unfortunately we didn't have the underwater housing for the camera up and running yet so no pictures.  But we saw so many different types of fish, a nudibranch, an enormous starfish (must have been 1 foot across and like 5 inches high), and beautiful corals. 

Just when we're about to head in, what sneaks up behind us but a HUGE banded sea snake! I screamed into my snorkel and Jon turned around and saw it.  It was coming right towards us and not backing away (apparently they are very curious creatures, we find out later, and will come right up to your mask.  They are highly venomous but non-aggressive)  I was so scared and trying to swim slowly away.  Jon had put himself between me and the snake but it just kept following us. This thing was truly beautiful swimming in the water, it seemed so natural but it was so big we think it must have been 5 feet long, with black and blue stripes all over it's body with it's tail getting flat at the end.


SeaSnakePic                    Yeah.  That's what we saw right next to us.

Later we went over to John's place to get a tour of his house and property, which is amazing, set high up on a cliff, but back a bit so as not to disrupt the view from the water with a big house. 

We also met his caretakers and their daughter who we had heard a lot about. After their daughter was born, she needed to be put into an incubator for a month.  Through some mistake she was receiving 100% oxygen during this time and it caused her to go completely blind.  She is now 18 months old and is a beautiful child but she jams her thumbs so far into her eye sockets maybe to feel pressure or maybe she can see something when she does this, that they have started making her wear swimming goggles so that she won't do any further damage to her eyes.  This is really a sad story but this family is really blessed to have employers like John and Ellie, who basically take care of them like family (the caretakers even call them mom and dad) and are doing everything they can to help the little girl.

On a lighter note, we had a great time hanging out with him and will definitely be back to Siquijor to visit!
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