Harlequin Snake Eel

Or Banded Snake Eel is a mimicry of the poisonous banded sea snake. As eels hide during the day and hunt by night the Banded Snake Eel makes an exception. As he appears as a snake it seems, it also behaves as one, which means, swimming around by day as snakes do.

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Myrichthys colubrinus, Harlequin snake eel

However, cornered by a diver, it gets agitated and runs kind of a mock attack. After all, the eel resembles a deadly poisonous snake. But its all just a con!

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The snake eel uses the confusion of the potential enemy to escape to the nearest borrow.

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Snake Eel

Banded Snake Eel, intimidated by the diver, nervously trys to find its burrow – which is obviously blocked by a sea urchin – only to disappear completely underground.

 

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‘Tahooo’

“Tahooo…Tahooo…” the call rings out. A first time visitor to the Philippines would be wondering what the meaning of all that shouting is and what’s in the buckets that hang from each end of a yoke, resting over the criers shoulder.

Taho vendors are a common sight in the Philippines. They sell a traditional snack, made of silken tofu, sugar syrup and sago perls. A cup may cost 20 peso.

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Taho
Time to snack on something.

 

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Taho is made of silken tofu

 

How many Stars do You See?

The blue sea star (starfish) is common in Philippine waters. It’s natural habitat is the shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific.

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Linckia laevigata

The blue sea star has five arms which are highly flexible, even if the body feels stiff and inflexible.

In very rar cases the blue sea star has only four arms.

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Sea star with four arms

Four arms only. A caprice of nature?

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How many sea stars do you see?

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How many?

 

Albino.

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Albino sea star

Afterglow

For me, the couple of minutes, after the sun has set, are experienced as the most atmospheric of the day. There is truly something ritualistic in that short moment. Only one thing can make this moment even more elevated – to witness the returning of the Flying Foxes to the mainland. But no Flying Fox was seen today on the White Beach side.

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evening mood

 

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awesome…
afterglow; awesome
…not only for humans.

 

 

Bulabog Beach

TODAY, FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2017

Since the northeast monsoon (Amihan) has begun, so has the season for kiteboarding at Bulabog Beach. Bulabog Beach is on the opposite side of White Beach. Kiteborders’ favorite weather channels, Windguru & Co, made promising forcasts for today. An average of 17 knots was  pronounced all day long. However, a mediocre breeze of 12 knots was more in accordance to the facts.

In addition to that, Bulabog Beach revealed itself!

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Bulabog, second bay

 

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Second bay

 

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Bulabog

 

 

The Cruise Rally

TODAY, WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2017

Celebrity Millennium passed the baton on to World Dream. One cruise after the other.

Mass tourism on all levels, intended by authorities!

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World Dream

While  the World Dream arrived today,

the Celebrity Millennium left yesterday for

Malaysia.

Commonly a cruise stays for just one day.

The World Dream will make soon its second visit to Boracay and drop anchor on November 29.

 

 

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Celebrity Millennium

Some hotel groups on the island obviosly have cooperations with the cruises. So could the sea voyagers of Celebrity Millennium, rest on beach beds belonging to the Regency Hotel. The World Dream cooperates with Paradise Garden. Of course, all these Hotels and Cruises are Chinese owned.

Must a sea voyager not wonder sometimes, why his cruise made port at one of the most crowded island in the Philippines, if there are more than 7000 beautiful islands at choice? What’s more, since all the best facilities needed, are available on board?

 

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World Dream, Nov. 29, 2017