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Just stand on the beach...

... and let it happen. Let the impressions overflow, calm you down... Just after I took this picture, the last on my film, a huge sea turtle surfaced right int the turqoiuse waters here. That impression is perhaps stronger than the memories I get through my photos.

The friendly geckos

Sitting on the veranda nursing a Seybrew I observe the geckos come out to chase insects drawn by the light. Good swats, they are. And lucky animals, too, so don't chase them away.
Funnily, they are fiercly territorial, to their upside-down fights add to the entertainment.
Indoors, they decimate the mosquitos that you let in through the open window.

Crabs

Everywhere in the rocky surf zone, these green and reddish crabs zip around to grab a bite.
They watch you carefully and don't let you close.

Reptiles

aplenty in the Seychelles, but mostly these gentle lizards. Watch where you step in the jungle trail in the morning, because they are cold and don't move fast.
Later in the day - try to get a photo then! Difficult, so quick.

World's biggest shark

Here, just off Anse Cocos we came across a few feeding whale sharks. Never saw this before - bigger than the boat. Mind you, between the tail fin and the dorsal fins sticking up (click the photo) there must be about 4 meters...
Get your fins and masks, the skipper cried and we did and jumped in. In this case, too, I trusted the Seychellois intrinsci knowledge abut the sea and its creatures and survive to prove that I swam with a whale shark 5-6 times my length.

Coral and algae growth at Anse Fourmis

Wading the reef at low tide is fascinating. All the colors and the variety of fish and other sea critters! But watch your step, there are things that sting, too!
Coral has taken a beating everywhere due to global warming. Luckily, the situation at the Seychelles seem to improve now. Still, it's only a remnant of the reef as it was here in '96.

Throw some bread crumbs from your veranda

and you will have instant company of this turtle dove.

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