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February 16, 2007

Bonaire - Humpback Whale

Humpback whales don't often visit Bonaire, but there were three this day. Several of us saw a tail slap and blow from shore and watched until there were two blows in about the same place, then Bob Knuth and I swam out over deep water with my Seacam/MkII. The humpback was near the bottom at 50-60' swimming slowing along parallel to shore. After a few minutes, he came up to check us out, came within 5', then swam off toward deeper water.

I was able to get 18 frames; they are here: http://chriscrumley.com Search Stock for "bonaire" and "humpback".

February 5, 2007

Bonaire - Red Slave Huts

I just returned from Bonaire, one of the ABC islands about 60 miles off Caracas, Venezuela. This image is of a cluster of slave huts at the south end of the island near the Cargill solar salt salinas. In the 1850s, salina workers used these huts to rest and get out of the sun. The red obelisk was used by ships as an alignment tool for anchoring.

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