Both Mantas and Turtles on the Same Day

Another day of rain in Ishigaki island… sometimes with heavy downpours and it looks like it won’t be better tomorrow(>_<)

The wind is also strong, but as we departed from Kabira we did not notice it much\(^o^)/
We had one fun diving team and one discover scuba diver team today☆ A Green turtle was resting leisurely on the reef♪

We approached it slowly and got this picture together. There were three different turtles today♪
Can’t have too many of these big charming animals(≧▽≦)

Our fun diving team went to the deeper parts of the reef and saw Ornate pipefish, Garden eels and many other critters(^ω^) This big group of Durban dancing shrimps had gathered under a rock♪ It looks like they are dancing as they move☆

Next, it was time for the Manta rays! We sat down and waited (`・ω・´)

After just a short while a Manta appeared\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/
It circled round and round the cleaning station♪♪ Sometimes it swam really close to our divers♪
Everybody could watch it for a long time(≧▽≦)

But, what’s up with the weather? Underwater the visibility is good and there is lots of marine animals. It is lucky we have the underwater world to make up for the bad weather above☆

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