I find it weird looking at myself without any hair clay. Haha.
Anyway, I like this candid pic, taken during a perfect December getaway 2 weeks ago. I was inside a boat this time, hesitant to dive in to the blue waters with my college friends (Same Facesss). Well, I had promised Mother not to swim… But you know how it works with promises. Hahaha. Anyway, my classmates were teasing me to jump in. I gotta admit the waters were tempting!
So… goggles, check; flippers, check; snorkel, check; life jacket, check (I don’t know how to swim, unfortunately). So there, I went skin diving! No, it wasn’t skin diving, really. It was, well, more like just plain old snorkeling. Hahaha.
Anyway, I found:
- Corals! Tons of ‘em. I am not really into marine biology, but I recognized brain corals, bamboo corals, plate corals, and a sea anemone or two (sea anemones are coelenterates, but they’re not corals).
- FISHES! Then again, I am more oriented with mammals and land dwelling critters, so I only ID-ed a few fishes and other slippery creatures: angel fishes, clown fishes (black and orange ones), an UNMISTAKABLE small thresher shark, a bluish sea serpent and a hundred more species of fish.
- Ocean bank. For the first time, I saw [somewhere that I guessed as] an ocean bank! At the very end of the brightly-colored coral reefs lies an obscure, abruptly descending (like a cliff), dark blue region. It gave me goosebumps. I could just imagine a sinister mermaid coming suddenly out of the watery depths pulling the unwary diver to her underwater kingdom. Eeeeurgh. Creepy.
- And the best part is seeing a sea turtle (pawikan; a hawksbill?) up close in its natural habitat! It was just a 5-second glimpse, but it was breathtaking.
Ah, ‘twas perfect. Bonding with nature and with friends at the same time. :)