Another mission completed: chasing sea turtles in Apo Island Marine Sanctuary, 26.11.2019.
Joined an Apo Island snorkeling trip with Harold's Dive Centre. Despite being the only solo participant on board, I was well looked after by the awesome crew and ended up being assigned a personal guide (yup! 1-on-1 for me, other guides each looked after a group of 4-5 peeps) who was also my awesome photographer/free-diving coach/underwater trick teacher Bob, who showed me the beautiful scenery of the underwater world.
I lost count of the number of turtles I chased. I do remember all the funny moments in the water, particularly when another guide helped me dive by pushing my super floaty body down while Bob was waiting for the right moment for the right shots. I also remember the ukulele jamming session (let it be) and the random chit chats with the crew (karaoke, spear fishing, Dauin seahorses...) after lunch.
We snorkelled at 3 sites around Apo Island. It got a bit cloudy and windy at lunch, the water was a bit choppy at the last site, yet I still jumped into the water as most others stayed onboard. It didn't matter how grey the sky had become, the underwater world was still magnificent. I have snorkelled with turtles before in Lady Musgrave Island and Gili Meno, but have never got so close to so many of them.
Salamat Kuya Bob and the crew! Thanks for being so kind and patient with me. I had a blast.
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Ya no me acordaba de esta sensación. Cuando no existe ni el cansancio ni nada de lo que esté pasando en el resto del mundo. Cuando llevo puesta mi sonrisa desde que me levanto hasta que me acuesto, y creedme que me acuesto muy tarde y me levanto muy temprano. Cuando cada día quiero más. Estoy sedienta de información, de conocer y de trabajar sin parar. A esto le llamo pasión, porque me hace olvidarlo todo y durante una semana solo vivo por y para eso.
Y veo el final a esta conferencia mundial de mamíferos marinos y ya me viene todo el vértigo. Pero salgo cada día con muchísima energía y ánimos para seguir luchando para salvar y preservar lo que yo amo con locura: el planeta y toda su biodiversidad. ¡Seguimos! 💪🏽 📸 @pablo.foto ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I forgot about this feeling. When fatigue doesn't exist, nor anything that's happening all over the world. When I'm wearing a smile since the very first moment I wake up untill I go back to bed. And trust me, I'm going to bed late and waking up early. When every day I want more. I'm thirsty for knowledge, meeting and working non-stop. I call this passion. Because it makes me forget everything for a week so I only live for this.
And I think about the end of this marine mammal conference and I get a vertigo feeling. But every single day I go back home with so much energy and encouraged to keep fighting to save and preserve what I love with all my heart: planet and its biodiversity. Keep pushing guys! 💪🏽
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Here in Penida we are home for two species of sea turtles: hawksbill (pictured here), and green. We have an abundance of hawksbill turtles here. For every 10 hawksbill we see, we may see 1 greenie.
This is in some ways ironic, because hawksbill are tittering on the edge of extinction, being classified as critically endangered by the IUCN’s red list, while greenies are sitting in the endangered category.
If you were to record the turtle sightings around this island (which we do, by the way), you’d come to the conclusion that hawksbill populations are quite healthy while greenies were almost non-existent. The reality is that Bali, and penida in particular, seems to be a hotspot for hawksbill turtles, and once you leave these areas their numbers and sighting drop off precipitously.
It’s important to understand the life history of these animals, so we can understand how and where to protect to give these species the best chance at recovery. I reckon penida would be a good place to start 🐢
The programme explores the wildlife and landscapes of all seven of our continents. In this photo, a green sea turtle approaches a floating plastic bag in South Florida. Plastic bags are easily mistakable for one of the turtle's favourite foods, jellyfish.
Let's stop plastic pollution & help save our planet's biodiversity.
Source & Repost: BBC Earth
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