Part 2 of our Great Barrier Reef adventure, check out Part 1 here.

The next few days pass in a similar adrenaline-fueled haze. We go out snorkeling 4 times each day, first at 6:30 am, then 8:30 or 10:30, then 1:30, then 3:30. The 6:30 sessions are always the coldest, but beautiful. As the sun rises, huge schools of fish glide by. After our morning swim we come back for breakfast and the boat moves to a new spot. We snorkel twice there, then head to the third spot of the day for a late afternoon session.

We see so many things — electric purple coral, huge parrotfish that make sounds as they peck at rocks, purple and yellow trumpet fish, big black fish, little electric blue fish, dazzling striped yellow fish, a lizard fish near the bottom, a giant clam with it’s mouth opening and closing, clownfish, triggerfish with bright orange, razor-sharp fins, huge sea cucumbers, coral that looks like trees waving in the current, round coral, spiky coral, even more sea turtles, sharks.

Whe I see something cool, I do a routine of flailing my arms around while shouting “Jane! Jane!”, followed by the name of what I see. This accomplishes exactly nothing, as Jane is usually far away looking at something else, and anyway can’t hear me. I still do it every time.

As an added bonus, I got to play with an underwater camera during one session: