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Published: July 14th 2010
I have now been back in Tofo for over a month since the Sodwana/Durban trip and it has been wonderful. It has been rather cold and windy as well as rainy sometimes but the conditions under water have been amazing!
The visibility has been great and the activity in the seas incredible. Whale sharks, manta rays, humpback whales, sailfish, mobula rays, small eyed stingray, squid, hammerhead sharks!
Some days I have done 2 ocean safaris in a row so with four hours on the sea just looking for things you see quite a lot. We have been so lucky with the whales. For a whole week we had them really close to the boat every day, breaching and playing, i had goosebumps the whole time!
Lately it has been heaven for manta rays, we have seen so many and they have been really interactive, giant ones as well as reef mantas. Then there is the whale sharks, we have seen unusually many for this time of year, as many as 10 in one day. I just cant believe I get paid for this, its unreal! Im am very lucky to have experienced this!
All good things have to come
to an end though...so i am finally leaving tofo. Its going to be very tough but its nice to end on a high. I have one week left of work in the dive shop and then 10 days holidaying before my flight leaves from Johannesburg on the 28th.
Amongst all the whale sharks came a tv crew from a Portuguese surf program. They were doing a program on surfing in Tofo and Mozambique and they also wanted some information on whale sharks and the ocean in general so they interviewed me. I also gave them some footage of underwater stuff, and they used it! Its a 17 minute clip and due to the bad connection here i only had a chance to watch the first 4 minutes so far but i saw my video footage twice! Here is the link if anyone wants to have a look: LINKK... Im not sure how much of the interview is in there but have a look, it was fun!
Otherwise it has been pretty much the same. There is a new hotel though, in Inhambane and it is gorgeous, a bit of civilisation for once, and they have good wine!
Small eyed stingray
only seen in Tofo!!
Aaron turned 30 the other night and we went there to celebrate, it was great and a beautiful sunset. He got a rooster and a penis cake for presents..what does that say about him?
It has been great following the world cup here even if Sweden did not make it... It was tough when Ghana got kicked out, it was so much fun following the only african team over here, everyone was so excited! Shame Holland didn't make it, i was cheering orange..
We had a really scary thing happen a few weeks ago here. My colleague Edwina was in a really bad quad bike accident. Her and her boyfriend both got thrown off as they were trying to avoid something on the road. They were driving very fast and got thrown 30-40m off the quad. He died straight away and Edi went to the hospital. The medical care isn't what it should be around here so we managed to get her flown to Johannesburg a day and a half later. She had a broken vertebrae and had back surgery that went really well but now that they did a cat scan it seems she has brain damage..so sad.
I hope it works out for her though.
I am now busy with planning the next step. I have such limited time in each place i really have to work hard to fit it all in. Western Australia in 2 weeks, maybe 10 days of bali, Eastern australia in 2 weeks, a couple of days in New Zealand and Singapore, and hopefully a month in India!
Cant believe its blooming winter again in Australia and NZ...I dont plan these things well. At least this time i have my thermals with me!
Hope everyone is well back home or wherever you are and take care til next time!
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