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We’re looking for sea stars and conch today.  The Sea of Abaco is always an adventure.  First we cruise the shallow waters near shore in our dinghy – see any sea stars?

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We spot this one through the “look bucket.”  That’s a bucket with a plexiglass bottom.  When you push it into the water, you can see below the surface, like a snorkel mask or a glass bottom boat.  Next we take pictures with the underwater camera.  It’s low tide, so about 4-5’ of water.

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Lots of different sea stars – about half a dozen on this little adventure.  Here are some of them.

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“There’s one!  Another one’s over here!”

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We try to move the dinghy so it’s right next to the sea star and I can take a picture – harder than you’d think to position a flat bottomed dinghy.

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Then onto the shallow waters of the north beach to find conch.

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Here’s one – well camouflaged as you look at it from the top down.

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So bright and gorgeous when you turn it over and see the bottom-side.

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They all have live conch living inside.

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This is what live conch looks like.  https://youtu.be/wmumco6Vslo  It’s extending its leg out several inches outside its shell, trying to re-right itself.  Amazing how much conch there is in a little conch shell.

Conch are harvested here – for conch fritters.  Some of the restaurants maintain their own conch farms, growing them until needed.

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But we sent this conch back to its peaceful life in the water.

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A beautiful day in the warm shallows of the Sea of Abaco.

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