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March 2nd, 2012, 04:45 PM
Carol and I just returned from a fabulous two week vacation to Palau and Yap -- a week on the luxury liveaboard Ocean Hunter III ( ( in Palau and then a week at Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers ( ( in Yap. My business sponsored the trip so our group of 16 friends had the whole liveaboard to ourselves and two of our own boats in Yap. Truly a trip of a lifetime. Here are a few photos:


Jellyfish Lake

Chandelier Cave

Yap -- Of mantas and mandarin fish!

And, finally, one for this year's Christmas card ............

Lots more images at debersole's Photos | SmugMug (

March 2nd, 2012, 08:00 PM
Outstanding photos to match the experience.

March 2nd, 2012, 09:32 PM
that shot with the surgeonfish around the shark is spectacular!

March 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
Great shooting doc, We're envious Looking forward to seeing you on the Deep O in the near future.

March 2nd, 2012, 11:58 PM
Thanks, Dan. I was thinking about West Palm this weekend but it looks like the winds and seas are picking up. Maybe next weekend. Hope to see you and Valerie then!

Jim & Matt -- thanks for the kind words!


March 11th, 2012, 04:35 AM
Looks like a great trip.

March 11th, 2012, 10:50 AM

Great stuff, especially the Mantas!

David Haas

March 11th, 2012, 07:41 PM
Thanks, David. And thanks for the Philippines info.


March 11th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Very nice, thanks for sharing.

March 11th, 2012, 08:18 PM
Very nice!

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March 12th, 2012, 04:18 PM
Shark photo is one of the best underwater photos I have ever seen. Just outstanding.

March 12th, 2012, 05:40 PM
What on earth is the second picture? It's fascinating.

Love the surgeonfish and the shark -- that's a framer, for sure.

March 12th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Thanks, everyone. And, Lynn, the second photo is inside a giant clam. I was trying to get an "artistic" image.


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