Under the Waves – Snorkeling

Acropora Coral

Acropora Coral

Snorkeling – it’s time for another ‘not bird’ post.  One of the things that really struck me when I first arrived in Oz was how strange it was to not recognise most of the plants and birds around me.  Getting used to them certainly helped me feel at home here.  About 6 months ago I tried snorkeling.  I’ve done it before with disappointing and slightly embarassing results – I wasn’t exactly agile in the water, despite being a reasonable swimmer.

Parrot fish

Parrot fish

I’m so glad I perservered, it was well worth it and I’m now a bit of a convert.  Once again, I found myself in a world in which I was very uneasy.  Full of plants and wildlife, of which I knew nothing.

At Rottnest

At Rottnest

 

Spangled Emperor

Spangled Emperor

Butterfly Fish

Butterfly Fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of these pictures were taken off Rottnest Island, some up at Ningaloo and some just 10m from the beach near home.  Even in the cooler waters away from the coral reef there’s plenty to see.

Stripey

Stripey

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Ningaloo

Ningaloo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the great things about snorkeling at Ningaloo was how warm the sea water was – a pleasant change from the Irish sea and the North sea.

hawksbill

hawksbill turtle

This is one of my favourite pictures, despite not being very clear. It was the first turtle I ever saw in the wild.

For Christmas I had an ‘Olympus tough’ camera which has been fantastic.  You can take it to the beach with no worries about being near sand and, best of all, it’s waterproof.  I’m still getting used to trying to focus it on the thing I want, and practising trying to stay still while the current is wafting me around, but it still takes some lovely shots.  I only know the names of a few of the fish still but it’s starting to feel a bit more familiar under the waves.

Pink coral

Pink coral

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