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Stingray City, Antigua [Dec. 7th, 2014|01:06 am]
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I have tons of pictures from this cruise I took in November! My parents are the best in the world, and they took me on the holiday of a lifetime around the East Caribbean. I want to start with the morning we all agreed was a high point of the trip ~ snorkeling with stingrays in Antigua. I had three diving experiences during this cruise, but this one was with my parents, and it was the most surprising, and the stringrays were so beautiful and exciting.


The Royal Princess


A picture of our souvenir pictures. I didn't want to pick up a stingray without obtaining its consent to do so, but I found it difficult to resist when one was handed to me and remained docile in my arms. It was cuddly.


My friend Mauricio took these on his GoPro.




You probably know this about me, but snorkeling is my favorite thing. After skating... or maybe tied with skating. I could do it every day. I love to chase fish, fish doing fish things, pretending I'm a fish.




Mauricio selfie.


Me selfie.


Stingray doing stingray things.


Beauty in the sea.




Really huge brain coral.




Don't you love them up close?


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[User Picture]From: timprov
2014-12-06 10:33 pm (UTC)
You should wear giant triangular blue glasses more often.

Ok, maybe not, but I do like that selfie.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-06 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I shall keep that in mind. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2014-12-06 10:49 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, Spectacular!!
It also looks like great fun!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-06 11:14 pm (UTC)
It was special. =D
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2014-12-07 01:13 am (UTC)

Swimming with the Rays

Neat photos. I've captioned the video for you:

Human: "Hello, stingray."
Stingray: "Hello, Human. Food for me? No? Bye!"
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-07 11:37 am (UTC)

Re: Swimming with the Rays

Me: "Oh, here's some food for you."
Stingray: "I can has your thumb, too?"
Me: "I'll keep my thumb, thanks."
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[User Picture]From: scottks
2014-12-07 02:30 am (UTC)
Weren't you afraid to get stung? Or are they Mantas?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-07 11:39 am (UTC)
They were definitely stingrays! They didn't seem to feel threatened by us at all. Wearing fins wasn't allowed, so we wouldn't hurt them, and we fed them and I think people come out to swim with them every day, so they regard people as friendly. I guess stings are pretty rare.
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2014-12-07 07:51 pm (UTC)
As ever, the most totally awesome photos! I feel spooked by the 'rays just looking at them in these pictures, can't imagine the thought of actually swimming with them. Love the close-up...demystifies them somewhat. Snorkelling in the Caribbean courtesy your parents, how delightful! Holiday of a lifetime indeed. Glad you had a great time.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-19 01:37 am (UTC)
They were so sweet and cuddly! Just big old fish that didn't mind the humans feeding them!
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[User Picture]From: slfcllednowhere
2014-12-07 11:41 pm (UTC)
I can't believe how huge those stingrays are!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-19 01:37 am (UTC)
That was my thought, too.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-12-19 01:38 am (UTC)
I thought so! =D
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