Port Stanley, Malekula – 12th of October. (Written in Brisbane).
We really should have been leaving but just couldn’t resist going over for a snorkel on the clear reef 100 metres from our boat. So we went. Mum swam over, Khan paddled around in the kayak but Dad and I went in the dinghy. We jumped in and the water was beautifully clear.
I was swimming with Dad and we saw lots of turtles lazing on the bottom and swimming around the reef. Then Dad left to go snorkel somewhere else but I thought he was still with me so I turned around… I thought I saw Dad down looking really closely at the coral. Then I thought ‘that’s not Dad that’s a MASSIVE cod’. I was busy planning my escape route when the cod turned so that I could see the side of it and that’s when I realised it was a Dugong. I tried to call Dad over through my snorkel, keeping my eye on the Dugong just in case I had mistaken it for a shark. Dad must have heard me because soon he was over with me and we were snorkelling with this 2 metre long dugong that was only about 3 metres away. We stayed with it for about 5 minutes. It looked like a walrus without tusks. It was amazing!!!!