The Great Barrier Reef

Finally, I return with my diving pictures! They’re not great quality – I rented a camera and it was definitely not my usual Canon. Plus, underwater photography is a real skill and I lack it – maybe one day!

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This giant little dude is a parrot fish – they were huge, colorful and everywhere.

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Divers! They were also fun to watch. I did a bit of snorkeling and I have to say it was really amusing to be on top of the water and watch them swim underneath me.

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And bubbles! I swam through the bubbles a couple of dives and it was great.

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I think of the bright colorful fish when I think of the Great Barrier Reef, but it turns out there’s a lot of cool creatures that like to camouflage themselves on the bottom.

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There were fish, sea caterpillars, and sharks all cruising on the sands below us.

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On the very last day, I saw this guy! On my night dive, we saw a huge eagle ray, which are apparently super rare, but because it was a night dive, nobody had their camera.

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TURTLE!!!

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I saw this turtle and got as close as I could without feeling disruptive to her.  She was so cool! I love, love, love, love sea turtles and I’ve never seen one in the wild before and this was the highlight of my entire Australia trip.

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I also saw two giant turtles sleeping on the night dive (SO COOL!) and another turtle the next day – this one is almost definitely a hawksbill and I’m pretty sure each turtle I saw was a different species.

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When you’re under the water, you can look up and see all the fish swimming above you. Incredible.

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Finally, the sneakiest living creature I saw – for the first thirty seconds, I thought this was a rock!

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But they’re actually gigantic clams! I saw one that must’ve been at least 50 lbs.  Crazy!

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