Day Nine (Jan. 26) – There are no Midway strangers, just friends we haven’t met!
by Heather Heenehan -- January 26th, 2011
We made a bunch of new friends this afternoon while snorkeling the reef. This blog post is really to post the video I put together of what the reef looks like here and to introduce you to our new parrotfish friends, the teardrop butterfly fish, and many others!
We went snorkeling this afternoon at a place they call 172. The water was a bit chilly at first but some of us braved the waters for close to an hour! Our boat captain John Miller was quite impressed at how long we stayed in! The fish were fantastic and the reef was quite beautiful! Unfortunately you will see some marine debris in this video. I wanted to put it in to help people realize that even though we are in the most isolated chain of islands in the world, the evidence of people is everywhere, even on the reef.
I wanted to post this video so everyone who is following our blog can see what the reef looks like here. It is beautiful and the fish were phenomenal during this snorkel! I got to see my favorite fish, the tear drop butterfly fish (it’s in the video, it’s a little fish but it’s there, yellow white and black with an upside down tear shape).
Even underwater though we see evidence of the effects of humans on the environment. While underwater Amy and I shared a moment as we looked at the net (shown in this video). We looked at each other and motioned a tear from our snorkel masks. It is striking to see marine debris in a place as beautiful as a coral reef. But yet we have seen it everywhere, surrounding albatross, on beautiful sandy beaches, and now even underwater.
To end on a good note, the parrotfish were huge, I saw a fish eat another fish, we got some salt water in our system and watched the goat fish schools glimmer in the sun. It was a beautiful day under the sea!