I Want To Live Under The Sea
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Two years ago, I spent a nice bit of money on a really cool snorkel & fin set. One of those that wont allow water into the snorkel. I had up until now, never used them much despite constantly having them in my bag on my travels. In fact I can only think of Dahab in Egypt being the only time I used them.
Today I intended to change this and finally make good on my impulse purchase.
I arranged a car and made my way to Nusa Dua further south to find a boat to out to sea. On the way we picked up a girl who is quite possibly the most beautiful Argentinian I have ever seen (Bennie, I'm sure your girlfriend is way better looking though). Funnily, everyone at the dive centre assumed I was here husband.
I was able to hire a boat for very cheap....less than a bottle of Bintang in most bars on jalan Legian. We went out to where all the divers go. The snorkelling was pretty cool. Not only was I the only person on the boat so it would go where I said when I wanted but the visibility was crystal clear. I wish I had a good underwater digital camera.
The guy on the boat showed me a little trick that I was never aware of or rather never really thought of. He gave me some bread to feed to the fish when I was underwater to attract them closer to me. I had never seen this before but it attracted so many fish around me. It was pretty sweet.
While snorkelling, I spotted the Argentinian on her discovery snorkel dive a few meters below.
Afterwards, the boat took me to Turtle Island. Apparently it is not just a name. I naively expected it to be a place to see turtles swimming while I snorkelled. I assummed wrongly. It was a turtle rescue place.
Now, as I said about the turtle sanctuary in Pangandaran. I have experience with turtle conservationism so I know how it should be done and how it should not be done. This is why, this part of the day kind of clouded my feelings of today.
I disagree with this sanctuary's methods. They do rescue turtle eggs that would otherwise be potentially poached and they do care for these eggs until they hatch.
I decided that they do have good intentions but they may be slightly misguided. I do still doubt the rate of release that the guy maintained to, it seemed more like a business than a turtle sanctuary. However, it did afford me the opportunity to see a fully grown male sea turtle, up until today I have only ever held female sea turtles as the males rarely come onto shore.