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Although I was only able to squeeze in one dive before the evacuation, I'm still very glad I brought my dive gear. Five of us dove late one afternoon under mostly sunny skies and light winds, resulting in very calm seas. The highlight of the dive was getting to see my first giant moray eel in the wild. I know the dive mask added a bit of magnification, but dang, he was huge!

An additional collection of various photographs I took during this trip to Wake is available for your mouse-clicking pleasure.

The drop-off is the interface between the relatively shallow reef and very deep Open Ocean. Clams are much more prevalent on Wake than on Kwajalein.
A pair of ornate butterflyfish feast on algae clinging to this piece of coral A pair of yellow tangs can be seen in the center of this photograph. This giant moray eel didn't seem too happy to see me. The closer I got to this giant moray, the farther out of his hole he got.  I quickly retreated after taking a few photographs.
Run to the light Carol Anne! We held a depth of 15 to 20 feet at the end of the dive for a required safety stop.  This is to eliminate absorbed inert gases (mainly nitrogen) from our bodies to avoid decompression sickness. Captain Harris exits the water
Captain Harris exits the water Saddled butterflyfish  

 

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