Snappy Snorkel

A little less than a week ago I had a chance to go for a swim with Squiddy in Goat Island Marine Reserve near the town of Leigh, a drive of a bit more than  an hour north of Auckland. The tide was in, so it was easier getting into and out of the water than it is when it’s shallower at low tide. It had rained recently, so the water was not as clear as we would have liked, but there was still plenty to see. The most common fish were snapper, and they were the only species whose curiosity brought them close enough for decent portraits. We only had an hour, but the water temperature was very pleasant and the sun shone for us!

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6 Responses to Snappy Snorkel

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Love the fish shots, Gary. You have no need to talk at all about the ones that got away.

    • krikitarts says:

      Actually, the ones that got away are my own fault, for not (yet) trusting myself to hold my breath and dive down beneath the surface with my snorkel. Maybe next time, I hope!

  2. shoreacres says:

    We have a Goat Island, too. It’s across Galveston Bay, and requires a ferry ride, so I don’t visit often, but it’s a great spot for bird watching. If only it were more like your Goat Island, with water fit for snorkeling and great fish-watching. The photos are great, the fish is cute, and that setting is glorious.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you, Linda, that curious snapper who came face-to-face really helped to make my day! I’d love do do some bird-watching (and bush studies) on the island too, but so far have not yet expanded my explorations to get out of the water there. Perhaps some day soon!

  3. On our trip two years ago we visited Kawau Island, a little south of Leigh. On the first morning of our just-returned-from trip we stopped briefly in Waipu, few miles up the coast from Leigh.

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