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Great week scuba diving on Bonaire - part 2

The large obelisk was to help ships find the salt pans; Bonaire is only 111 square miles with a length of 24 miles and a width of between 3 and 5 miles

The large obelisk was to help ships find the salt pans; Bonaire is only 111 square miles with a length of 24 miles and a width of between 3 and 5 miles

We made the long, bumpy drive out to the Cai dive site only to find super rough waters and no dive buoys so we skipped it

We made the long, bumpy drive out to the Cai dive site only to find super rough waters and no dive buoys so we skipped it

In 1969 a flamingo nesting sanctuary was established, the first such nature preserve in the Caribbean

In 1969 a flamingo nesting sanctuary was established, the first such nature preserve in the Caribbean

Smooth trunkfish; juveniles have dark colored bodies covered in large yellow spots but as they get older, they develop a pale area where the honeycomb markings will later appear

Smooth trunkfish; juveniles have dark colored bodies covered in large yellow spots but as they get older, they develop a pale area where the honeycomb markings will later appear

Tarpon under bow of Hilma Hooker; the ship broke down near Bonaire in 1983 and 25000 lbs of marijuana was discovered onboard so the owners conveniently never came to claim the ship

Tarpon under bow of Hilma Hooker; the ship broke down near Bonaire in 1983 and 25000 lbs of marijuana was discovered onboard so the owners conveniently never came to claim the ship

Oops, didn't blow out all the candles; maybe Bernie and Chuck will be able to join us on our next diving trip!

Oops, didn't blow out all the candles; maybe Bernie and Chuck will be able to join us on our next diving trip!

The large condensing ponds which ring the crystalizer basins to produce salt, called the Pekelmeer, are a natural habitat for numerous species of brine shrimp which in turn feed flocks of hundreds of pink flamingos and other migratory birds

The large condensing ponds which ring the crystalizer basins to produce salt, called the Pekelmeer, are a natural habitat for numerous species of brine shrimp which in turn feed flocks of hundreds of pink flamingos and other migratory birds

One of a dozen lionfish we saw at Alice in Wonderland dive site; yellow painted rocks on the side of the road mark the dive sites

One of a dozen lionfish we saw at Alice in Wonderland dive site; yellow painted rocks on the side of the road mark the dive sites

Honeycomb cowfish; this species tends to be blue in color, but can also be yellow, gray or green.with juveniles generally more colorful than adults

Honeycomb cowfish; this species tends to be blue in color, but can also be yellow, gray or green.with juveniles generally more colorful than adults

The goldentail moray eel is a solitary carnivorous fish which feeds on small invertebrates like crustaceans and mollusks, rarely on small fish; it leaves its lair at night to actively hunt prey along the reef

The goldentail moray eel is a solitary carnivorous fish which feeds on small invertebrates like crustaceans and mollusks, rarely on small fish; it leaves its lair at night to actively hunt prey along the reef

Lavender stove-pipe coral can grow in a single tube but often grow in large groups of up to 22 tubes; the population density of these sponges is going down because of oil spills and other pollution

Lavender stove-pipe coral can grow in a single tube but often grow in large groups of up to 22 tubes; the population density of these sponges is going down because of oil spills and other pollution

The patio of our rental house was much nicer than the living spaces; even booking many months in advance we had trouble finding a house on the sea

The patio of our rental house was much nicer than the living spaces; even booking many months in advance we had trouble finding a house on the sea

The sharptail snake-eel; these snakelike creatures are more benign than their aggressive relatives, the morays

The sharptail snake-eel; these snakelike creatures are more benign than their aggressive relatives, the morays

Blue tang; their diet consists only of algae from the reefs in which they reside, as well as off the bodies of surrounding fish

Blue tang; their diet consists only of algae from the reefs in which they reside, as well as off the bodies of surrounding fish

Spotted moray eel seen at Pink City dive site; these solitary animals can grow to a length of almost 7 feet

Spotted moray eel seen at Pink City dive site; these solitary animals can grow to a length of almost 7 feet

Our rental house had a family of large iguanas that was always around; we discovered they liked eating lettuce

Our rental house had a family of large iguanas that was always around; we discovered they liked eating lettuce

Queen Conch; for centuries the conch represented an important part of the local diet but is now an endangered species and we never saw a live one in the wild

Queen Conch; for centuries the conch represented an important part of the local diet but is now an endangered species and we never saw a live one in the wild

Traditional cactus fence made of Yatu cacti; this columnar species grows straight up with a fruit used to make jams and for medicinal purposes

Traditional cactus fence made of Yatu cacti; this columnar species grows straight up with a fruit used to make jams and for medicinal purposes

Flounder; due to overfishing and industrial pollution, Atlantic flounders and soles are currently on the list of seafood that sustainability-minded consumers should avoid

Flounder; due to overfishing and industrial pollution, Atlantic flounders and soles are currently on the list of seafood that sustainability-minded consumers should avoid

Green sea turtles are for the most part herbivores, grazing on sea grass and rooted algae although they do eat jellyfish (and, sadly, plastic bags)

Green sea turtles are for the most part herbivores, grazing on sea grass and rooted algae although they do eat jellyfish (and, sadly, plastic bags)

Our house had a private ladder at the bottom of these steps which we used often to go snorkeling; the week was valuable quality time with great friends!

Our house had a private ladder at the bottom of these steps which we used often to go snorkeling; the week was valuable quality time with great friends!

1000 Steps; as a rookie diver, Lee did really well all week and became adept at spotting eels

1000 Steps; as a rookie diver, Lee did really well all week and became adept at spotting eels

This strange image, I think, depicts coral feeding; I haven't been able to find anything similar on google images to get more information

This strange image, I think, depicts coral feeding; I haven't been able to find anything similar on google images to get more information

Banded butterflyfish; in traditional Dutch fashion, bicycles are a popular means of transportation on the island (as are scooters)

Banded butterflyfish; in traditional Dutch fashion, bicycles are a popular means of transportation on the island (as are scooters)

Anemone; Lac Bay, in the southeastern part of the island, attracts wind surfers from around the world to Bonaire and 5 of the 10 highest ranked freestyle windsurfers in the world are from Bonaire

Anemone; Lac Bay, in the southeastern part of the island, attracts wind surfers from around the world to Bonaire and 5 of the 10 highest ranked freestyle windsurfers in the world are from Bonaire

Orange elephant ear sponge; for diving emergencies, the island has a hyperbaric chamber

Orange elephant ear sponge; for diving emergencies, the island has a hyperbaric chamber

French angelfish; during the day you will mostly see these fish out and about, but come night they seek shelter in their designated hiding spot where they return every night

French angelfish; during the day you will mostly see these fish out and about, but come night they seek shelter in their designated hiding spot where they return every night

Crevalle jack (aka common jack); in the Americas,  the reported annual catch since 2000 has ranged between 190 and 380 tons although the species is not considered good tasting

Crevalle jack (aka common jack); in the Americas, the reported annual catch since 2000 has ranged between 190 and 380 tons although the species is not considered good tasting

Hairy mushroom coral; like the name suggests, the surface of this coral is covered with many hair-like tentacles

Hairy mushroom coral; like the name suggests, the surface of this coral is covered with many hair-like tentacles

Great barracuda typically grow to a length of 24-39 inches in length; barracudas possess strong, fang-like teeth that are unequal in size and set in sockets in the jaws and on the roof of the mouth

Great barracuda typically grow to a length of 24-39 inches in length; barracudas possess strong, fang-like teeth that are unequal in size and set in sockets in the jaws and on the roof of the mouth

It was cool watch this green moray eel swim; their vicious reputation may come from the fact that they habitually open and close their mouths showing off their sharp teeth but they are actually just taking in water to breathe

It was cool watch this green moray eel swim; their vicious reputation may come from the fact that they habitually open and close their mouths showing off their sharp teeth but they are actually just taking in water to breathe

One of two large green sea turtles seen during Karpata dive; Bonaire has long been a leader in nature conservation and ecological responsibility

One of two large green sea turtles seen during Karpata dive; Bonaire has long been a leader in nature conservation and ecological responsibility

Blue parrotfish spend 80% o their time searching for food; they use beaks to scrape algae and small organisms from rocks and teeth which grind ingested rocks into sand

Blue parrotfish spend 80% of their time searching for food; they use beaks to scrape algae and small organisms from rocks and teeth which grind ingested rocks into sand

We enjoyed a week of beautiful sunsets from our house; one night some of the guys even saw the famous green flash

We enjoyed a week of beautiful sunsets from our house; one night some of the guys even saw the famous green flash

This eel was seen when I snorkeling in front of house; along the shore was debris from long ago construction that unintentionally now provides habitat for eels

This eel was seen when I snorkeling in front of house; along the shore was debris from long ago construction that unintentionally now provides habitat for eels

Pipe Coral; the island is surrounded by a national marine park from the high tide line to a depth of 200 feet

Pipe Coral; the island is surrounded by a national marine park from the high tide line to a depth of 200 feet

Chain moray eel; the island has year-round pleasant temperatures averaging 82 degrees with an all-time low temperature of only 67 degrees

Chain moray eel; the island has year-round pleasant temperatures averaging 82 degrees with an all-time low temperature of only 67 degrees

Bonaire whiptail lizard; the Dutch attacked Bonaire during the 80 Years War and conquered the island in 1636

Bonaire whiptail lizard; the Dutch attacked Bonaire during the 80 Years War and conquered the island in 1636

Beginnings of blue pipe sponge maybe?; the American army built the Flamingo Airport as an air force base during WW2; many German and Austrian citizens were interned in a camp on Bonaire for the war's duration

Beginnings of blue pipe sponge maybe?; the American army built the Flamingo Airport as an air force base during WW2; many German and Austrian citizens were interned in a camp on Bonaire for the war's duration

In 1526 the Spaniards settled Bonaire thinking the island could be a cattle plantation; they settled in Rincon which was in the center of the island and safe from pirate attack

In 1526 the Spaniards settled Bonaire thinking the island could be a cattle plantation; they settled in Rincon which was in the center of the island and safe from pirate attack

Sponges constitute 70% o the diet of French angelfish; in some locations, this species is fished for consumption and is reported to be quite tasty

Sponges constitute 70% of the diet of French angelfish; in some locations, this species is fished for consumption and is reported to be quite tasty

Golden trumpetfish; Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards has recognized Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic for 24 consecutive years

Golden trumpetfish; Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards has recognized Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic for 24 consecutive years

Juvenile French angelfish run cleaning stations at sea fans, cleaning other fish with their pelvic fins; they attract potential fish by fluttering their striking bodies and are so specialized that fish will line up for their services!

Juvenile French angelfish run cleaning stations at sea fans, cleaning other fish with their pelvic fins; they attract potential fish by fluttering their striking bodies and are so specialized that fish will line up for their services!

Bonaire gets a significant amount of its electricity from an array of 12 wind generators along its northeastern coastline which began operating in 2010; this renewable source now fills 40-45% o the island's electricity needs

Bonaire gets a significant amount of its electricity from an array of 12 wind generators along its northeastern coastline which began operating in 2010; this renewable source now fills 40-45% of the island's electricity needs

Elliptical star coral is slow growing and highly susceptible to white plague (in 1995 75% o the species in Florida was killed); Bonaire uses the US dollar as its currency

Elliptical star coral is slow growing and highly susceptible to white plague (in 1995 75% of the species in Florida was killed); Bonaire uses the US dollar as its currency

Azure vase sponge; KLM operates a daily flight from Amsterdam to Bonaire which is a 10 hour 40 minute flight

Azure vase sponge; KLM operates a daily flight from Amsterdam to Bonaire which is a 10 hour 40 minute flight

Trumpetfish; Dive Friends Bonaire started a Debris Free Bonaire program that emphasizes collecting debris washed ashore and helps keep the islands dive locations free of trash

Trumpetfish; Dive Friends Bonaire started a Debris Free Bonaire program that emphasizes collecting debris washed ashore and helps keep the islands dive locations free of trash

Much of Bonaire's southern half has been made into a giant system of ponds and pools which evaporate seawater to produce salt; presently operated by Cargill, Bonaire's solar salt works produce 400,000 tons of industrial grade salt per year

Much of Bonaire's southern half has been made into a giant system of ponds and pools which evaporate seawater to produce salt; presently operated by Cargill, Bonaire's solar salt works produce 400,000 tons of industrial grade salt per year

Grunts and snappers around salt pier pylon; the island has few sandy beaches and is very arid with lots of cactus

Grunts and snappers around salt pier pylon; the island has few sandy beaches and is very arid with lots of cactus

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