The Waiting Game

The-waiting-gameCredits-  Templates:  Katy Larson 365 template o3;  Papers:  Oscraps Moonlight papers ninascrap 2 and suec3.

Each day we’d set out to search for hammerheads.  They were the reason we spent 5 days in Layang Layang, off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia where hammerheads (schools of them) supposedly swim this part of the ocean from February to May.

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They were however seemingly elusive and hard to find.  Heard that the last sighting was almost 2 weeks prior to our arrival.  Have we caught the tail end of the season?  Perhaps.  Hammerhead sightings have been dwindling every year, according to our dive masters and they believe that it is because of 2 things, global warming and lack of conservation efforts.  The hammerheads like the cold and as the water temperature rises, they go deeper.  Another very serious issue is conservation; most of the sharks (hammerheads included) are targeted (read: killed) for their fins to use as ingredient for the popular Shark Fin’s soup, a delicacy that is served in many Chinese restaurants all over the world. 

shark's-fintaken at the KK airport – no wonder we can’t find ’em!!

This cruel “finning” is the cause for the declining population.  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says 100 million sharks, skates and rays are killed every year.  The cruel finning refers to the practice of cutting off fins only and discarding the body.  When thrown back into the sea, they either bleed to death or drown as sharks need their fins to swim and they need to go forward to get oxygen.

A brief sighting was already a cause for celebration and a right to brag.  We saw a silhouette of ONE.  That didn’t count (at first); we were expecting schools in clear water, not a shadow of it.  In the end, it mattered that we at least saw ONE!  Others were completely deprived of a sighting.  4 days diving in Layang Layang is equal to 12 dives, mostly out in the blue.  Quite frustrating, if you ask me.

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We waited patiently and were hopeful till the very end that maybe, just maybe our luck would change… it didn’t.  A school of Devil Rays highlights this trip with no pix to boast, I’m afraid.  So maybe, this too does not count, eh?

But basking in the nightly sunsets as glorious as these,

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watching these dolphins, tons of them, swimming along our boat’s bow,

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and viewing these migratory birds finding refuge at a bird island sanctuary off the shores of Layang Layang… 

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these certainly made up for the trip sans the hammerheads.  Yes.. it certainly did!

This is a big part of my world, our world.  We’ve only got one, so let’s do our share in keeping it alive and healthy.  To explore more of our amazing world, hop on to That’s My World.

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9 Responses to The Waiting Game

  1. Lara says:

    amazing birds and sunsets!

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  2. Pagan Sphinx says:

    What a stunning collection of photographs! Just lovely.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for MWT!

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  3. Shey says:

    I agree with you about “finning”, it is indeed very cruel. These are heartless people doing that.

    Your photos are so beautiful and breathtaking! What kind of camera are you using?

    Thanks a lot for sharing these awesome scenes with us. 🙂

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  4. Those sunset photos absolutely take my breath away!

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  5. Arija says:

    Lovely sunsets and wonderful place.

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  6. Sameer says:

    Great Pictures! loved the sunset pictures, they are really amazing.

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  7. zeal4adventure says:

    Hi Shey, I recently purchased a new DSLR as my previous one broke down on me. It’s a Canon 450D. Thanks!

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  8. koala says:

    Glorious sunsets indeed!

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  9. JO says:

    wow! lovely photos… thanks for sharing.

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