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    that boat is about 30+ feet down right?

    cool photos thanks

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    Info says 40 fts, and it sound pretty right on.

    Eric

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    Nice!

    You're in good shape!

    I couldn't make it all the way down to the sunken ship without gasping for air...

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    Thanks! This is with small snorkeling fins. On my last trip I bought free diving fins, I've barely had the chance to test them, but with those I can go much deeper.

    With snorkeling fins I went in 50-60ft area, but it's really just go there and go back.

    But with the free diving fins, I think I can go in the 80 ft area, that is if my ears allows it.

    Here is a video of me on my 1st try with the free diving fins, not sure about the exact depth, but it's at least 50ft : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRvr9_Wvhy4

    And here is a descent on a 70ft, where I had to stop a few ft short from my goal cause my ears were not equalizing anymore, I think it's because I had too much water in since I snorkeled for 14 days in a row. As you can see free diving fins allows to go much more faster, it's tougher to 'paddle' though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez4Chay3Shg

    Eric

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    that is very cool.....I dive, but do not think I could ever free-dive....scared of my own shadow.....
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    Ok sorry for delay! Here are the pics from day 6 & 7.

    Day 6, I went back at Mangel Halto after reading it's probably the best snorkeling spot (behind the barrier reef). So I went there, it was windy/wavy a lot, but I still went, it was pretty nice, spent 1.5hrs there, I can understand why they say it's for advance snorkeler, if you stop fighting the current for a few secs you'll be 20ft away from original place in no time. Nevertheless I was very comfortable to be there, except when I decided to return to shore, I did not use the same path to come back as it's not easy to see with all the wave crashing on you at the barrier area, so I used a shallow path to go back, WOW that was not fun, the waves were lifting me a few feet over the corals, but then would throw me down (along with millions of bubbles that make it hard to see) a few inches away from hard corals covered with thousands of tiny needles that hurt/burn like crazy if you only barely touch them (by experience) - I WAS PRAYING - it's a miracle that I didn't hit anything, it was SO CLOSE, when the waves were crashing me I needed to do the angel position to stay out of reach, then when the water would raise up for the next wave I would swim extremely fast to get out of that area... so word of advice : don't try to go by another path then the deep path (around 15ft deep) where there is no coral, even if it take you time to find it back.

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psc1474faf.jpg

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ps42635b74.jpg

    Nice weirdo, fist time I saw those colors :

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psd9672b1f.jpg

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ps2ee18975.jpg

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ps3e5387d1.jpg

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ps12f6c935.jpg

    On the last day I went back to Malmok area, I found a nice little starfish that was wounded, it was in shallow water, maybe brought there by a tourist so I brought it back in deeper area I also figured where was the Antilla wreck (5 boats were 'parked' there) so I was on my way there and realize I had no time to dive there and be back on time to catch the plane - So I reluctantly turned back to be sure I would be ok and in fact I was right, if I did went to see the wreck I would have probably missed the plane.

    Here is the little starfish :

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ps54af6bae.jpg

    A portion of the 'mouth' of a starfish (you gotta be fast to get them on a picture) :

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psc28442a5.jpg

    Say Hello to my little friend :

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psce19bf70.jpg

    Eric

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    Oh and nobody saw something special about this starfish yet ? :

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psbe90615b.jpg

    And can you see the fish in this pic ? (Baby peacock flounder)

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ps97dc2bb4.jpg

    Eric

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    Glad you made it out okay. Great pics as always!

    We had a not so great experience at Mangel Halto and would not put ourselves at that kind of risk again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT_Eric View Post
    Oh and nobody saw something special about this starfish yet ? :

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psbe90615b.jpg

    Eric
    Is it special because it has 6 arms??

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    Yup, I dunno how rare they are, but it's the first I found!

    They are usually 5 arms like this : http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...psf94d2ed0.jpg

    Somebody saw the fish in the other pic ?

    Hint : it's right in the middle of the pic.

    Eric

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