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As a general rule if you leave animals alone, they will leave you alone too. That’s the way I felt about the goats we ran into on the trails and the bats that flew over our heads.

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A lone Goat at the waters edge
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I felt the same way about the shark we saw, but apparently another fish, the Remora didn’t get the memo! The Remora day – we went on our daily snorkeling trip at Matangi and they dropped us of at this reef. The reef is basically a shelf that extended off the edge of Matangi island itself. The reef is quite deep (distance wise) as it extends out from the islands cliff wall. It’s shallow, water depth wise until you reach the edge where we got dropped off….then it just drops away. Not as deep as many of the drop offs go but this one dropped to at least 50 to 80 feet or more.

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Part of the reef wall

So here were are cruising along the edge of the reef wall dazzled by all the coral and fish when a Remora swims up to me. A remora is one of those fish that you see stuck to the sides of sharks. They basically latch onto the shark then get a free ride and maybe meals from the scraps at feeding time. They have this flat head with little with suction type apparatus on it. Well I see this thing coming over to me and realize it’s looking for a ride, on me! I start this acrobatic act of twisting and kicking to keep it away, and off of me. Not an easy task to kick underwater with dive fins on! So this goes on for about 5 mins or more and finally it swims away. Thankfully, I’m relieved, it was annoying. Well not more than a few mins later I see Juanita swimming over to me with the Remora in tow!

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Here you can get a look at the top of the fish and it's latching on apparatus.

Dang, who would have known you could have a pest fish snorkeling! For the better part of another 5 mins, maybe more we were twirling and kicking to keep it away! To make matters worse (for me) Juanita is making me laugh as she protects herself and when I smile it breaks the seal from my mask (to my face) flooding the mask with water! In the midst of all this chaos I look down and a nice sized (4-5 foot) white tip reefs shark is swimming by right underneath of us! How cool, a shark, but we couldn’t enjoy it due to this pesky fish looking to latch on. I was about to just get  out of the water to the boat to make it let it go away. After a while more I decided to let him have what he wanted, sort of. I presented my dive fine to him. He scooted all over it and latched on for a second or two. I think he lost interest after that and swam away. Guess they don’t like rubberized plastic? It was a funny moment though and a memory I am sure we will not forget any time soon.

Checking out the dive fin

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