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Outstanding Sandbar dive site in Palau

The colors were just incredible with the photos just not doing them justice; there was never any trash in the crystal clear waters either

The colors were just incredible with the photos just not doing them justice; there was never any trash in the crystal clear waters either

Garden eels; these interesting critters covered the sandy bottom but if you got close then the eels would quickly retreat into their holes

Garden eels; these interesting critters covered the sandy bottom but if you got close then the eels would quickly retreat into their holes

Clownfish; nearby, cleaner wrasse, which eat parasites and dead tissue off larger fishes' skin, decided to  go after us and their little nibbles can be painful in places like ears and underarms

Clownfish; nearby, cleaner wrasse, which eat parasites and dead tissue off larger fishes' skin, decided to go after us and their little nibbles can be painful in places like ears and underarms

Reticulated butterflyfish; these fish thrive mainly on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of featherdusters and Christmas-tree worms

Reticulated butterflyfish; these fish thrive mainly on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of featherdusters and Christmas-tree worms

Humphead bannerfish; on the internet I see you can buy one of these for your saltwater aquarium for $78 (better to see them in their natural environment)

Humphead bannerfish; on the internet I see you can buy one of these for your saltwater aquarium for $78 (better to see them in their natural environment)

Large school of barracuda; Palau is justifiably famous for its wall dives but it also has many wrecks from WW 2 that are popular dive sites

Large school of barracuda; Palau is justifiably famous for its wall dives but it also has many wrecks from WW 2 that are popular dive sites

This star pufferfish looks in need of serious dental work; these fish are solitary and defend their territory so he must be assessing my threat potential

This star pufferfish looks in need of serious dental work; these fish are solitary and defend their territory so he must be assessing my threat potential

Checkerboard wrasse; both its sex and appearance change during its life, and the coloring at each stage is variable based on location

Checkerboard wrasse; both its sex and appearance change during its life, and the coloring at each stage is variable based on location

Sand perch; typhoons are rare, as Palau lies outside the main typhoon zone; the strongest typhoon that struck Palau since reliable records was Typhoon Haiyan in 2013

Sand perch; typhoons are rare, as Palau lies outside the main typhoon zone; the strongest typhoon that struck Palau since reliable records was Typhoon Haiyan in 2013

Spiky sea cucumber; supposedly sea cucumbers are very low in calories and fat and high in protein, making them a weight loss-friendly food

Spiky sea cucumber; supposedly sea cucumbers are very low in calories and fat and high in protein, making them a weight loss-friendly food

Striped surgeonfish; this species is territorial, with a large male defending a feeding territory and a harem of females

Striped surgeonfish; this species is territorial, with a large male defending a feeding territory and a harem of females

Orangespine unicornfish; tbey have a blade-like spine in the tail that points outwards when bent which is used for defense and is as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel

Orangespine unicornfish; tbey have a blade-like spine in the tail that points outwards when bent which is used for defense and is as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel

Yellow-mask angelfish; Palau is home to saltwater crocodiles (luckily I never saw one!) which are generally considered extremely dangerous, although there has only been one fatal human attack in Palau within modern history, and that was in the 1960s

Yellow-mask angelfish; Palau is home to saltwater crocodiles (luckily I never saw one!) which are generally considered extremely dangerous, although there has only been one fatal human attack in Palau within modern history, and that was in the 1960s

Masked bannerfish; these fish have very fine hair-like teeth that enable them to eat small organisms inaccessible to most other fish

Masked bannerfish; these fish have very fine hair-like teeth that enable them to eat small organisms inaccessible to most other fish

I have a hard time identifying schooling fish; these may be bream or snappers of some variety but I'm not sure

I have a hard time identifying schooling fish; these may be bream or snappers of some variety but I'm not sure

Neon damselfish; juveniles of this species will school above soft corals and then dart into their hiding places when threats (like me) approach

Neon damselfish; juveniles of this species will school above soft corals and then dart into their hiding places when threats (like me) approach

The President of Palau met with President Trump at the end of May; I wonder if Trump has any clue where Palau is or what an underwater paradise exists here

The President of Palau met with President Trump at the end of May; I wonder if Trump has any clue where Palau is or what an underwater paradise exists here

Regal angelfish; they are valued by aquarium hobbyists for being one of the few reef safe angelfish as its diet is composed primarily of sponges, and does not include corals

Regal angelfish; they are valued by aquarium hobbyists for being one of the few reef safe angelfish as its diet is composed primarily of sponges, and does not include corals

Posted by VagabondCowboy 03:30

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Looks like a fantastic experience.

by ToddP

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