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I sailed from Mangareva to Totegegie yesterday. Took the dinghy and went snorkelling on my own in the false pass at the southern tip of the island. Here I met my first Reef white tip and black tip sharks on this trip. The Reef white tip shark (Triaenodon obesus) on the photo was quite curious and swam half a circle around me before he got bored and lost interest in me. My book says, this species is usually docile (gutmütig), but may get aggressive around speared fish. Despite the scientific name, he was not overweight. The spotted skin on the photo is a result of the reflexion of the sunlight at the water surface. He was just plain grey, with a white belly.

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