Snorkeling the coral reefs of Siquijor

Snorkeling in Siquijor: Exploring Coco Grove’s Reef



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As a contrast to the reefs of Sumilon Island, Dr. Johnston took his class to Siquijor to snorkel a seagrass environment and also see the Tulapos Fish Sanctuary. I came along for the trip and took some photos of a jellyfish and other critters that live in shallow water environments like the seagrass bed.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    The beach that we snorkeled from had more seagrass and algae than corals.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    Later in the afternoon we visited the Tulapos Fish Sanctuary to try and see some white tip sharks. While we didn't see any sharks we did spot this giant clam.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    And whatever the hidden creature is that projected this cloud of sand and sediment from the bottom.

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    siq-snorkel-jan05_12
    The sunset over the Mindanao Sea was pretty dramatic.

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    siq-snorkel-jan05_13
    If you look closely you can see Apo Island on the right side of the frame.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    But there were also some corals mixed in.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    I need to ask the name of this coral at the lab.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    This anemone didn't have any clown fish, though I'm sure some will move in at some point.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    This one was full of these little black and white fellows.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    Propelling itself lazily in the current, I spotted this jellyfish from a distance.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    It really blends in well with the seagrass and algae environment that it inhabits.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    I don't think this species is especially known for its stinging abilities.

  • Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005

    Siquijor Snorkeling - Mid-January 2005
    I was keeping that in mind as I lay on my back a few inches beneath it to get this shot.