Green Sea Turtle

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There is a green sea turtle that lives at Fish Eye Marine Park on the island of Guam. We call him Larry, but I have no idea what he calls himself.

Anyway, he is tagged, and I am wondering if anyone on the Internet would happen to know how to look up information on a turtle based on the tag. His number seems to be “PI2775.”

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He has a pretty bad injury from what seems to be a boat propeller. His shell is broken in places, and one of his back fins is split in half. These injuries are healed, but the scars are permanent.

He is extremely friendly and seems to really love people, so I think he is from a hatchery or a rescue. If he was born in the wild, I don’t think he would be so excited about people.

So, does anyone know how I might find out more?

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Dive Off Agat

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On Guam, most dives are off of a boat.

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This is because it’s hard to walk out past the reefs with tanks on.

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Mostly, we have bays with a reef at the edge. The good diving is past the reef. However, it’s typically a long walk.

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Thankfully, it’s not very expensive to get on a chartered boat dive.

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I got my certification through MDA, and so I go on their boat dives.

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There are other companies, but they all go the same places.

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It’s a small island, so there are only so many places to go.

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Ocean Views From Guam

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I thought some of you might like to see pictures of the ocean from my time in Guam, so here are a few of the best.

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Eight.

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Nine.

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Ten.

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Eleven.

 

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Twelve.

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Thirteen.

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Fourteen.

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Fifteen.

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Sixteen.

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Seventeen.

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Eighteen.

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Nineteen.

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Twenty.

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Twenty One.

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Twenty Two.

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Twenty Three.

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Twenty Four.

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Twenty Five.

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Twenty Six.

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Twenty Seven.

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Twenty Eight.

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Twenty Nine.

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Thirty.

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Thirty One.

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Thirty Two.

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Thirty Three.

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Thirty Four.

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Thirty Five.

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Thirty Sex.

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Thirty Seven.

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Thirty Eight.

coconut trees at gab gab beach on a sunny day

Thirty Nine.

every day outside my window

Forty.

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Dive at Fish Eye

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My husband got dive certified after me, and his instructor let me tag along. (That’s me above; not that you can tell.)

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We went to Fish Eye, which I have snorkeled several times. It was interesting to dive there.

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The class went around the base of the Fish Eye tourist attraction.

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I followed along, and got pictures of them feeding the fish.

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There are all kinds of fish, including groupers and barracudas.

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It was a short dive. We only stayed down for about 45 minutes.

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However, we got to see a lot of things in that time, and it was fun.

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If you are in Guam, I recommend going to Fish Eye Marine Park.

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It is a long walk out from shore, but there is a path to follow under the bridge, so it’s not so bad.

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And now, my husband and I are both certified to dive!

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Tropical Sunsets

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Guam might not have clubs or a lot of job opportunities, but it does have beautiful sunsets. I could post a picture every few days, but it seemed better to put all the sunsets in one Gratuitous Sunset Post.

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So here is that post. Please enjoy forty sunsets from me to you.

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Seven.

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Nine.

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Ten.

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Eleven.

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Twelve.

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Thirteen.

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Fourteen.

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Sixteen.

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Seventeen.

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Eighteen.

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Nineteen.

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Twenty.

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Twenty One.

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Twenty Two.

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Twenty Three.

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Twenty Four.

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Twenty Five.

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Twenty Six.

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Twenty Seven.

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Twenty Eight.

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Twenty Nine.

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Thirty.

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Thirty One.

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Thirty Two.

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Thirty Three.

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Thirty Four.

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Thirty Five.

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Thirty Six.

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Thirty Seven.

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Thirty Eight.

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Thirty Nine.

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Forty.

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Forty One.

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It turns out that Forty is the maximum amount of photos that this format allows me in one post, so there will definitely be a part two.

These were taken all over the island, but mostly at various spots in Tumon Bay (where I live.)

Dive at Gab Gab

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I got my dive certification recently. It’s inexpensive on Guam. I paid $200 for the class, and was able to do lots of classroom time and several practice dives.

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My first dive by myself was with my friends Ashley and Jason. We went to Gab Gab, which is a beach on the Navy Base.

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Gab Gab is a nice place to dive because the entry point is a short staircase. Many beaches require a long walk out past the reef, but at Gab Gab you can just walk down the stairs.

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Traveling out past the reef, you can see all kinds of fish and even some sea turtles.

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Hiding in the coral you can find anemones with clown fish living in them.

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It’s a beautiful beach, but the pictures don’t come out as well as snorkeling pictures because there’s less light lower down.

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We had a really good time, but I am still learning.

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Gab Gab Snorkel

 

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Gab Gab beach is a lovely place to snorkel. It’s on the Navy Base, and it’s a hard coral reef with lots of beautiful fish and turtles.

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At first I couldn’t figure out why everyone said it was good. I was trying to snorkel from the beach wading out.

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However, if you go around to the pool and take the stairs, you can go out past the reef. That’s where the real excitement is.

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It is always dangerous to go past the reef, so make sure that there aren’t high winds. Those will cause currents, and that can be a problem.

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However, when it is safe and the water is calm, it’s a wonderful place to go.

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I had never been snorkeling until I came to Guam.

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It’s a steep learning curve trying to study all the names of the fish.

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After all, in Arizona there isn’t much call to learn fish names.

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However, it’s really a beautiful place to check out, even if you can’t name the fish afterwards.

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