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Under the Sea


Up on the shore they work all day, out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’ full time to floatin’ under the sea
– The Little Mermaid, Under the Sea

On Sunday I snorkeled Gab Gab Beach on the Navy base with Addison and my mother-in-law. It was my first time at Gab Gab. It was a nice leisurely swim, warm water with barely a hint of any current at all. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. The water wasn’t as clear as I would have liked it to have been, but there was still many fish to be seen. Some of the fish even ate the celery my mother-in-law brought along to feed to them, much to our surprise. They must be vegan fish who don’t care for vienna sausage.
082305I took pictures with a Kodak disposable camera. It’s not easy taking pictures with a mask on. It’s not easy taking pictures when you and your subject are both moving simultaneously. Out of the roll of film I shot, there are only three or four shots that I like. I need more practice shooting underwater. If I can get really good shooting with a disposable, I might be able to justify the purchase of a thousand-dollar underwater housing kit for my Nikon. It’s highly unlikely, but it’s nice to have a dream.
My favorite part of the afternoon was while I was swimming out to sea and checking out the fish and coral gardens, I looked down and suddenly there was nothing beneath me. The reef just seemed to end and all that remained was The Big Blue. In retrospect I am amazed I didn’t freak out when I couldn’t see the ocean floor, but all I felt was peace. Like floating in a warm blue sky.
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[UPDATE] Ok, so maybe I’ll never be able to justify buying the underwater housing kit for my Nikon ($1200 and up) but I just found out there’s an underwater housing kit for my little Sony at $160. That’s what I’m talkin about!

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4 Responses

  1. carolyn says:

    i can’t even think about going in the freezing water here. i don’t miss scraping my back and hands on coral, but snorkeling at gab gab was like nirvana for me.
    hopefully there will be time, but when i get back to pack up, you gotta come over!

  2. Josie says:

    That would be awesome! I was kinda bummed when we left because I knew I couldn’t just go back whenever I wanted to since it’s on the base and I don’t have access. Gab Gab is perfect for snorkeling.

  3. Cristina says:

    I don’t have a big ol nice expensive digital camera but I think I’d still feel uncomfortable about sticking it into the water in one of those kits. That place sounds beautiful!

  4. maricar says:

    You’re totally making me miss home more and more. 🙂

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