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Creepy Creatures of Guam: Eel

Ugh I feel grossed out already!!! I’ve never been a fan of eels, maybe due to The Little Mermaid, but they creep me out so much! Previously, I’d only seen them in aquariums and I’d be thankful that I never had to see them in real life. Until now. One day I was at Oka Viewpoint just looking out over the sea and I saw some colorful fish swimming in the coral below me. And then I saw it. An eel!!!!! I screamed and busted out my camera! I know that they are mostly harmless and blind, but that doesn’t mean that I’d want to be near one. This is why I refuse to go diving. I know, super lame, but I am terrified!! Without diving I’ve seen dolphins, eels, a shark, a manta rey, and lots of other fish. So I’m okay with that.

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Happy Birthday To Meeeeee!

So a couple of weeks ago I celebrated my birthday.  One step closer to 30! It was THE best birthday I’ve had as an adult!

My birthday celebration began the night before my birthday with the bowling team! They surprised me with a cake 🙂 so nice of them!

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Peter had been planning my birthday for a few weeks and woke me up early on my birthday. I had a mountain of presents sent from my family! (Thank you <3)

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After I tore through the gifts, he told me to get dressed for the beach and so I did. Of course I tried to persuade him to tell me what we were doing but that didn’t work.

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First stop, a quick breakfast and then a car ride to pick up my fruit basket that Peter surprised me with! It had tons of fruit covered in chocolate and vanilla with sprinkles. It was a very sweet (literally) surprise but I had to carry the basket around with me all day and most of it melted 😦

Next, we were on the road again to the Agat marina! When I saw the boats waiting for their passengers I became so excited!

Are we going on one of these?

Peter said yes and that I would have my own private boat ride to dolphin watch!!!!!! I have wanted to see dolphins since I moved to Guam! This was really a dream come true!

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So we hopped on the boat and headed out toward Coco’s Island to find some false killer whale dolphins! The ride was long but SO worth it! I FINALLY saw dolphins. They didn’t really come out of the water too much and their noses/mouths were rounded, not the typical looking dolphin I’ve seen on T.V. Nevertheless I was so happy!

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After awhile we turned the boat around and headed back to the marina. That’s when the captain said, “Time for para sailing!” I clearly remember telling Peter that  I had no interest in ever para sailing before this. I was scared. Mostly scared of the water and the animals in the water. I didn’t want to do it, my hands began to sweat and I thought I was going to cry! Of course, they all encouraged me and said I’d be okay so I did it!!!

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It was just as scary as I thought it would be…

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Thankfully my captain was GREAT and he let me control how high I wanted to go. The wind in Guam isn’t constant, it’s more like huge gusts and then nothing. So this made the ride a little wild, especially for a first timer like me!

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The captain also made sure to land me ON the boat and not in the  water! It was sure an adventure and something to cross off my bucket list! I would SO do it again as long as I landed on the boat. I don’t know why I have a fear of sea creatures and sea weed…yes it’s weird.

After that, Peter and I were both a little sea sick so we waited on another boat for our next tour!

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This one included more dolphin watching, this time the dolphins were the cute ones that I wanted to see! They came so close to the boat and looked so happy. I even saw one of them do a back flip. I couldn’t believe my eyes. We found these dolphins down in the canal near Merizo and in between Coco’s Island! There was a huge dolphin pod and even little baby dolphins. It was magical and brought a tear to my eyes. I’m pretty sure if you’re lucky and you head down to Coco’s Island you could see dolphins too! They weren’t too far from the shore either, which surprised me.

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I’m so thankful and happy that I was able to go on this trip. I will never forget my birthday!

After my final dolphin watching experience, we rode the boat to a part of the ocean that was good for snorkeling. It had tons of colorful fish. We stopped for about an hour and had some fun!

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After my long but eventful day, we headed home to rest! Later that evening, Peter took me to Table 35 for my birthday dinner!

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  Thank you sooo much for a wonderful  day and a birthday I’ll never forget!