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Spectacular snorkeling in Palau - Part 2

Devil scorpionfish; spotted this venomous species while snorkeling around the dock of Sam's Dive Shop

Devil scorpionfish; spotted this venomous species while snorkeling around the dock of Sam's Dive Shop

Tiny (but very colorful) mandarinfish; in 1985, the first President of the Republic of Palau was shot to death in his driveway with the assassin never identified

Tiny (but very colorful) mandarinfish; in 1985, the first President of the Republic of Palau was shot to death in his driveway with the assassin never identified

This was my view for 8 days; I could watch the tides in the distance but wished the country had some nice beaches to enjoy

This was my view for 8 days; I could watch the tides in the distance but wished the country had some nice beaches to enjoy

Diving in Jellyfish Lake is not allowed: 1)bubbles from tanks can be harmful if they collect beneath the jellies' bell and 2)at about 15 m below the surface, there are high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, which can be absorbed and cause death

Diving in Jellyfish Lake is not allowed: 1)bubbles from tanks can be harmful if they collect beneath the jellies' bell and 2)at about 15 m below the surface, there are high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, which can be absorbed and cause death

In addition to golden jellyfish, there are moon jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake; this species is 10-16 inches in diameter and drifts with the currents

In addition to golden jellyfish, there are moon jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake; this species is 10-16 inches in diameter and drifts with the currents

This famous Natural Arch in the Rock Islands is 15 meters long and 9 meters high; sometimes during high tides boats can pass underneath it

This famous Natural Arch in the Rock Islands is 15 meters long and 9 meters high; sometimes during high tides boats can pass underneath it

There are no natural beaches around the main part of Palau; the islands all look like this with the only exception being a man-made beach at the Pacific Palau Resort ($99 for a day pass!)

There are no natural beaches around the main part of Palau; the islands all look like this with the only exception being a man-made beach at the Pacific Palau Resort ($99 for a day pass!)

Black-tip reef shark; there are many Seventh Day Adventists on the island who close their businesses (including the largest grocery store) on Saturdays

Black-tip reef shark; there are many Seventh Day Adventists on the island who close their businesses (including the largest grocery store) on Saturdays

Bluestreak fusiliers; this species will dart into the coral as I get closer and always seem to move as a group

Bluestreak fusiliers; this species will dart into the coral as I get closer and always seem to move as a group

Pincushion sea star; this unusual species creates its own little habitat by providing shelter for small shrimp that hide under it, and copepods that live on its' outside

Pincushion sea star; this unusual species creates its own little habitat by providing shelter for small shrimp that hide under it, and copepods that live on its' outside

Colorful clams; Palau became more well-known to Americans after the television show Survivor was set in Palau in 2005

Colorful clams; Palau became more well-known to Americans after the television show Survivor was set in Palau in 2005

Feather duster tube worm; they have a crown of feeding appendages or radioles in two fan-shaped clusters projecting from their tubes

Feather duster tube worm; they have a crown of feeding appendages or radioles in two fan-shaped clusters projecting from their tubes

All of the rock islands have been undercut over time by water/wave action; this makes many of the islands look like forested mushrooms

All of the rock islands have been undercut over time by water/wave action; this makes many of the islands look like forested mushrooms

It's a 45 minute boat ride from Koror to the island and then a 15 minute hike up and down a hill to reach Jellyfish Lake; rangers are there to check your $100 Rock Islands permit

It's a 45 minute boat ride from Koror to the island and then a 15 minute hike up and down a hill to reach Jellyfish Lake; rangers are there to check your $100 Rock Islands permit

It's very impressive that the Palau government has limited development despite having pristine islands and great snorkeling areas

It's very impressive that the Palau government has limited development despite having pristine islands and great snorkeling areas

Eclipse butterflyfish; the sun was very intense so, like others, I wore a shirt in the water to keep from getting sunburned

Eclipse butterflyfish; the sun was very intense so, like others, I wore a shirt in the water to keep from getting sunburned

Gorgeous red sea fan on the side of the wall; the colors underwater were amazing snorkeling but also diving despite the photos that are heavy on the blue spectrum

Gorgeous red sea fan on the side of the wall; the colors underwater were amazing snorkeling but also diving despite the photos that are heavy on the blue spectrum

Shy clownfish; the distinctive crossroads of three of the world’s main ocean currents at Palau causes the incredible variety of sea life

Shy clownfish; the distinctive crossroads of three of the world’s main ocean currents at Palau causes the incredible variety of sea life

Saddled butterflyfish; this species is found at depths between 0 and 30 m in coral reefs and feeds on filamentous algae, small invertebrates, coral polyps and fish eggs

Saddled butterflyfish; this species is found at depths between 0 and 30 m in coral reefs and feeds on filamentous algae, small invertebrates, coral polyps and fish eggs

You can see how large the titan triggerfish is when compared to the many pyramid butterflyfish; they are also much bigger than the other triggerfish

You can see how large the titan triggerfish is when compared to the many pyramid butterflyfish; they are also much bigger than the other triggerfish

Clown triggerfish; there was a tremendous variety of reef fish snorkeling along Big Drop-off and they photograph better than when diving

Clown triggerfish; there was a tremendous variety of reef fish snorkeling along Big Drop-off and they photograph better than when diving

Bouquet of carnation coral; we saw species of this soft coral in a variety of shades of orange, lavender, pink and red

Bouquet of carnation coral; we saw species of this soft coral in a variety of shades of orange, lavender, pink and red

Oriental sweetlips pair; they are a species of grunt but their more common name sounds so much better

Oriental sweetlips pair; they are a species of grunt but their more common name sounds so much better

Pyramid butterflyfish; several times we had to tell Chinese visitors to not stand on the coral and they even try to swim right over you as if you're not there

Pyramid butterflyfish; several times we had to tell Chinese visitors to not stand on the coral and they even try to swim right over you as if you're not there

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