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  • we picked up closer to the end of the island

  • having drifted past the big set of rocky organ pipes that we started with on the last dive

  • and jumping into the water here the drop off was more extreme

  • and closer to another set of steeper rocks that were set further back from the water

  • to be honest we weren't really expecting as spectacular underwater scenery as we had seen on the previous dive

  • but nontheless we jumped in, heaved the camera overboard and swam down into the blue depths

  • the drop off just seems to get steeper and steeper as we moved down towards the point.

  • and we soon found ourselves in very dramatic surroundings

  • the black snapper still swimming way up above us

  • and we immediately made contact with a very big bump-head parrot fish

  • these fish are normally pretty shy and I was quite surprised to have this one swim right past

  • before it finally decided it didn't want to be near me

  • we then swam into an area of this dive with almost cathedral like feeling to it

  • these rocky spires, pinnacles and walls protruding around us

  • as we swam through this seascape that was just quite surreal

  • the scale of it was very deceptive too

  • The massive canyons in-between these rocky spires were huge

  • you can see Grant following me through the slot

  • There were small clumps of coral scattered across the rocky surface of the drop off here

  • pretty healthy, although there wasn't much of it

  • and I imagine the current really moves around this point

  • Out in deeper water a little spotted eagle ray made a pass

  • this one had a beautiful long tail

  • and just below one of the granite buttresses we spent a few moments

  • with a tiny little hawksbill turtle

  • this reptile was probably 50cm long and looked really old despite its size

  • shell covered with growth

  • and these little animals are currently nesting here in the Seychelles

  • and funny enough they nest during the day at high tide

  • very graceful little animal

  • it made its way in-between the rocky walls

  • banking against one of the boulders

  • turning in front the sheer side of marianne island

  • and it was soon joined by the bat fish which we had made contact with on the previous dive

  • they seem very inquisitive, the batfish. Almost tracking the turtle and myself as we swam along

  • this little turtle free fell over the drop off and disappeared.

  • just drifting along looking up at these grooved spires that rose for meters and meters above us

  • it was quite spectacular just to be in this environment.

  • the sun shining down over these underwater crags

  • just quite amazing

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Hawksbill turtle leads the way through underwater labyrinth

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    Yue Hua Liu posted on 2013/12/13
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