Snorkeling in Panama, and more

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Snorkeling in Panama, and more

Post by oldsalt » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:22 pm

I used to celebrate my birthdays with a dive. As a former diver, I celebrated my 76th by snorkeling in Panama. This first shot is an attempt at over/under with my little camera. You can see the jungle in the background.
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Over/Under
The reef offered many of my old tropical friends: Moorish idols, sergeant majors, parrotfish, yellowtails, coronet fish, and even an octopus.
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reef fish
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coronet fish
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yellowtail
The trip included seeking various wildlife in Costa Rica and Panama. I describe myself as a whale and seabird enthusiast (not an expert). I took way too many pictures of the appropriately named Magnificent Frigatebird, a favorite seabird.
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Frigatebird
The spotted dolphin was a new species for me.
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Dolphin
I also saw four species of monkey, including this white faced monkey.
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w/f monkey
We explored Lake Gatun, half way through the Panama Canal. While the jungle sported more monkeys and amazing birds, the lake itself had too many reptiles, snakes and crocs, for me to consider snorkeling in it. This big fellow rested on the shore.
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crocodile
I saw much more. I've slowed with age, but haven't stopped.
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Re: Snorkeling in Panama, and more

Post by Gdog » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:43 pm

Awesome Curt! We are in Boquete Panama right now, will be in Bocas Del Toro next week for some diving. So glad you got in the water!

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Post by Vjw » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:24 pm

Happy birthday! Cool creatures above and below the water!! Thanks so much for the posts and pics. Don’t stop!!
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Post by Jan K » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:35 pm

Happy Birthday Curt!
Hey snorkeling is diving in my book ! once you stick your head underwater, you are in a different world.
Who is to judge if you find the marvels of marine realm in one or hundred feet ! Good for you.
Gives us youngsters something to look forward to :)

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Post by RoxnDox » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:19 am

Awesome, and Happy Birthday! I gave up on the diving too, and discovered the fun of snorkeling in Hawaii.
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Post by YellowEye » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:18 pm

Very cool! Looks like a great adventure!

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Post by ScubaJess » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:41 pm

Happy Birthday!!! :eric: :joshsmith: :taco: :bday: Sounds like a fun adventure! :)
I'm so glad you got in the water. Your pics are fantastic. That bird looks super cool & I love those yellow fish!!! :luv:
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Post by Scubie Doo » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:26 pm

Happy Birthday :)


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Post by Nwbrewer » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:36 am

Awesome. Looks like a fun trip!
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Re: Snorkeling in Panama, and more

Post by SCUBARM79 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:22 am

Happy Belated Birthday sir!

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