Snorkeling in Panama, and more

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Snorkeling in Panama, and more

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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.
Over/Under
Over/Under
The reef offered many of my old tropical friends: Moorish idols, sergeant majors, parrotfish, yellowtails, coronet fish, and even an octopus.
reef fish
reef fish
coronet fish
coronet fish
yellowtail
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.
Frigatebird
Frigatebird
The spotted dolphin was a new species for me.
Dolphin
Dolphin
I also saw four species of monkey, including this white faced monkey.
w/f monkey
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.
crocodile
crocodile
I saw much more. I've slowed with age, but haven't stopped.
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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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Happy birthday! Cool creatures above and below the water!! Thanks so much for the posts and pics. Don’t stop!!
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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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Awesome, and Happy Birthday! I gave up on the diving too, and discovered the fun of snorkeling in Hawaii.
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Very cool! Looks like a great adventure!
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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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Happy Birthday :)


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Awesome. Looks like a fun trip!
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Happy Belated Birthday sir!
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