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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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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Four.

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Five.

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Seven.

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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.

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Thirty Nine.

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Forty.

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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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Two.

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Three.

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Four.

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Five.

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Six.

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Seven.

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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 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.)

Talofofo Park and Falls

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You can’t see Talofofo Falls unless you pay to get in to Talofofo Park. The admission price is steep; it’s $20 per person. I want to say it’s worth it, but it’s not much of a park.

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There is a very small garden of “sexy” statues which is sort of like LoveLand in Jeju, but much smaller and closer together.

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I don’t like to be negative, but if I am honest, it’s a really small area with a few very generic statues. It doesn’t add much to the park.

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There is a very small haunted house under the cable car entrance. In the style of haunted houses worldwide, it has a few things that pop out at you.

When you finish walking through the haunted house, you can go up to the cable car. Take it over the waterfall, and down to the trail head that lets you walk down below the waterfall.

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After that, you can walk over a bridge to the side of the pool. At the top of the stairs, you go up and are faced with two choices:

1. You can walk straight and go into a “museum” full of dioramas depicting the Japanese occupation and the US occupation. It’s very small and not historically accurate, but I suppose it’s good for a laugh.

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2. You can head left and walk down a long path to see a reproduction of Shoicho Yokoi’s Cave. Really, it’s just some bamboo lashed together and a hole in the ground (which you cant get close to.) The most interesting part is the shrine next to the “cave,” where Japanese tourists leave coins and gifts.

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It’s not that there isn’t a lot to see. There is a lot of walking and you should bring plenty of water and maybe a snack. The park definitely covers a large area.

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It’s just that all the attractions are sort of cheesy and second-rate, so you walk away feeling disappointed even though you have seen a lot of things.

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I went with my friend Mel, who had just finished a tour of North Korea with a Chinese tour company. As she put it “There are better amusement parks in North Korea.”

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If you like cheesy though; this is your  thing. Neil Gaimen said in American Gods that roadside attractions are the best part of America. If you are the sort of person who would be excited to see the world’s largest ball of twine or a giant frying pan, then you will probably enjoy Talofofo Park.

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Fish Eye Marine Park

 

 

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Since I loved to Guam, I feel like I spend a lot of my time underwater. One of the best places to do that is Fish Eye Marine Park.

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Grab your snorkel and wade out under the bridge. When you get into water that is too deep to stand, start swimming to the left.

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This is bring you through an ancient forest of coral, and give you the opportunity to see a lot of cool fish.

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Normally, you wouldn’t want to feed the fish in the ocean. However, they already feed them as the fish eye tourist attraction, so sometimes I bring along some rice to give them.

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They are so used to eating food from humans that they swam all around and it’s cute.

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I am trying to learn all the names of the fish, but unfortunately the locals want to teach me the Chamorro words. That’s not something I will ever use outside of Guam.

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Once I find a fish guide for this (very remote) part of the Pacific Ocean, I will try to caption future fish pictures with the names of the fish.

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In the meantime, here are some pictures of things you can see at Fish Eye.

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I think this is a butterfly fish.

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And, I know this one is called a flounder.

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As for this little guy, I know he’s a rainbow parrot fish.

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This seems to have a shape like a damsel fish.

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And, this one I do know. It’s a Picasso Triggerfish. They bite, so avoid them.

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Here’s a star fish. Ours our blue, but usually they have five arms. I am not sure why this one has six.

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And, this is a Picasso Triggerfish with a Wrasse. I really enjoy the different kinds of Wrasse, but I don’t know all their names.

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Whatever this one is, it has a great pattern. Shame they’re always digging up the sand so it’s hard to get a good picture.

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This is another kind of Triggerfish, but I don’t know its name.

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And this is a stag coral forest full of fish. This is to the left of the Fish Eye, swimming into the Piti Bomb Holes. However, there is a lot of stag coral to the right of the bridge as well.

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Some of the bomb holes are very deep, but there are lots of shallow places too. Don’t be afraid to swim over the deep parts to get to the shallower parts.

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You can go all the way out to the reef, which is past the Fish Eye bridge and the Fish Eye structure at least another 100 meters.

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There are great views and huge coral forests covering a huge area, so look around a lot!

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Where is Guam?

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Guam is a US territory located in the Pacific Ocean. The United States took ownership of Guam for the Japanese during WWII, and since then the islanders have been trying to work with the US government in partnership.

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I moved to Guam when my husband got orders here in 2015, and we will make it our home until the Fall of 2017 when he leaves to do a year of sea duty in the middle east.

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At first it was hard to adjust, because it is a very small island and it is very isolated. That means giving up things like fresh fruit and vegetables (which mostly don’t grow here because the island is coral.)

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However, it also means new experiences and being on a tropical island, so that is an exciting change. I had always wanted to be on the equator because I love plants.

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I will make sure to tell you all about the exciting things that I learn about Guam.

Travel Series

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I have written about places I have been and things I have done.

But, a friend asked me to write about tips for travel. I think what she wants to know is: What is it really like?

That is a hard question, because so much of going places is what you bring with you. Not in your backpack, but in your head.

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I don’t have any mystical knowledge. I mean, you read these blogs by travel writers and they always have their “Five Hot Tips” for seeing some part of the world.

Then there are those introspective pieces trying to tell you how you should act on vacation, claiming that it’s important to “embrace the loneliness” and “just be.”

I have traveled Europe, Asia, and the Americas. So I guess I am allowed to have a say. And as far as I can tell, it’s really an experience too individualized to be neatly put in a box where it can be said that “this is how it is.”

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I won’t tell you how you should travel. I don’t know. But I do have a few things that I can share from my experiences.

So, let April be the month of travel tips!

P.S. Remember that no one can tell you how you should do things. This series of posts will be nothing but my opinion.

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