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The Wonders of Our Universe | Flash Post 333

The Wonders of Our Universe | Flash Post 333

I hear there’s nothing to do in the Maldives; in that case, how are the four busybodies killing time?

We’ve been indulging ourselves playing rummy, sleeping early, chatting amongst ourselves, clicking lots of photographs of sharks, stingrays, herons and the scenery all around. Chotididi and I went to the shores of the Indian Ocean to witness the sunrise and watch a new day break over the horizon. It was something worth waking up for at 5.30 in the morning. Also, barididi gave me lessons in snorkelling and I don’t even know how to swim. However, I must admit with humility, I’ve picked it up after our second lesson as well as written a couple of  posts for the blog and solved sudoku puzzles.

What’s snorkelling?

It’s the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask which is a breathing tube called a snorkel and swimfins.

Why would one snorkel?

To see marine life and coral.

What is marine life? What is coral?

Marine life or sea life or ocean life is the plants, animals and other organisms that live in the salt water of the sea or ocean. Corals are marine invertebrates and live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. Corals, the world over, are dying from damaging activities like coral mining, pollution, overfishing, blast fishing, the digging of canals and access into islands and bays. Other dangers include disease, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans.

And you saw marine life and corals?

Hopefully, when we go snorkelling to a lagoon that opens into the ocean. Moreover, the coral there has been planted by the snorkelling and diving team of the hotel. They also warn you not to step on the corals because, not only will you get cut badly and contract some infection, but end up killing them.

That should be some experience. Please tell me every little detail on your return.

I surely will, Button.

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