9-10 May 2009
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Lunch in a resort such as MIR and LIR means you are spoilt for choice. When asked, “Where would you like to have your lunch, ma’am?” I’d scratch my head and ask, “Where would you suggest we go?” Every place sounds and looks like paradise, with palm trees, white sand, and turquoise waters. Our first lunch location was in Pangulasian Island, where beautiful coconut trees leaned low towards the sea, making for really brilliant photo ops.
But while watching other people lazing about, we knew we had to keep working. We needed to adjust every activity in between rainfalls to maximize shooting location and wildlife. The passing typhoon led to huge amounts of sargassum seaweeds getting trapped into the resort lagoon. For the cleaning and maintenance personnel, it was a huge pain in the neck. For us, it meant wildlife! Rommel, our dive guide, immediately saw two juvenile batfish he called by their scientific name, Platax sp. I jumped into the water determined to find a sargassum frogfish or angerfish, Histrio histrio,and lo and behold, I found one – fat, big, and healthy.
We decided to stay in Miniloc the last few days to concentrate on the house reef, which hosted just unbelievable amounts of matang baka or oxeye scads, Selar boops, and patrolling giant trevallies, Caranx ignobilis, making breakfast or early lunch of some of the scads.
I couldn’t help but swim in and out of the school, hoping Yogi could get good pictures of the mass of fish and me.
We hated to go but finally had to say our goodbyes. What better way to immortalize our stay with some of the great staff of Miniloc Island Resort than in a group picture with our giant panda flag?