....welcome to the Perhentians!
12.10.2009 32 °C
Tonight is our last night on Kecil as tomorrow morning we will be catching the 8am boat to the mainland to begin our long journey to Thailand (something like 17 hours on a bus in total with an overnight stop in Georgetown to break it up).
Over the past couple of days we have had a few wildlife encounters….we had geckos in our room which kept Gerald awake as they crunched on a big bug of some kind that they caught – whatever it was Gerald said it sounded very hard!
We saw a big snake which I had walked straight past, frightening it and sending it straight towards Gerald, it was over a metre long but quite skinny, luckily it didn’t shoot off too quickly meaning I got a chance to take a photo.
Coming home from the beach we found a monitor lizard eating a huge rat, he was devouring it with gusto and did not like us getting too close – I guess he thought we might take it off him!!!
Today was probably the best day for wildlife though as we went scuba diving again. As soon as we started to descend we saw exactly what we had been hoping for – a leopard shark! It was around 2 metres long and absolutely beautiful – can you call a shark beautiful??!!!
We watched it for a while and then it swam off heading straight towards me and then zoomed straight past about a metre away from me!
As well as the shark we also saw a mangrove ray (which are rare in these parts apparently), a blue spotted ray, several humphead parrotfish, which are enormous, an emperor angelfish which was large, colourful and very beautiful and made our dive master VERY happy as they are also not seen often. Visability was very good, around 15 metres at it’s best and we saw loads of fish and lovely coral, these islands definitely have some great dive sites.
We will be quite sad to leave here as it has been a relaxing and enjoyable 10 days.
Hope you guys are all well
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