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    Kenutu island tonight. Got a scare getting here through a dogleg channel only a boat length or two wide. Sun dropped out on us. Worked out ok but....
    That photo you posted Greg. . Looks very much like where we dragged out of the other day. Euakafa island.
    We've had some interesting wildlife. A turtle off the boat..Lots of flying foxes aka bats. Big things and they fly exceptionally well. Tropic bird,frigate bird. Boobies, yes those. Today we investigated some birds going crazy in a beach rockface and saw 3 banded seasnakes worming on around. This from a kiwi guy.. we have no snakes in enzed so it's a big deal to see the things. Poisonous things but small mouthed. Apparently they will kill you if they get an opportunity to gnaw on the webs between your fingers or toes. Good to know . fist claw foot man out fer neow.

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    Sounding great JB! I think there're still several Vava'u islands you haven't visited yet ....

    Say hi from me to Pixie!

    Rick

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    It's said that sea snakes won't bite you underwater. People who get bitten are mostly getting them off fishing lines. Sea snakes feed by going through crevices in rock and coral and there are lots of stories of them slithering through the diving gear of divers. I once had a big bronzey one inspect my fins but no intimate exploration, happily.

    Flying foxes are special in Tonga. It's said that if a white one turns up, there'll be a change of king. We have loads of them here but I've never seen a white one.

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    I did a night dive years ago off of Great Keppel Island and at one stage we had about a dozen brightly coloured banded sea snakes gently rose up from the bottom as we swam over them. I’d also heard that story about them not biting you under water so, while the other divers bolted, I slowed down as they swam over and around me - almost like cats, draping themselves over the skin of my arms and legs, a quite amazing feeling. They seemed perfectly relaxed and just seemed to enjoy the sensation of sliding over my skin.

    I don’t know if the not biting you under water bit is true or not but I didn’t feel threatened by them at all.


    Apparently they will kill you if they get an opportunity to gnaw on the webs between your fingers or toes
    and supposedly your ears - so if you swim around with your hands closed into fists and held over your ears you’re safe
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    Right, well, I'd also heard that if you stop near them, they will slither through your BC etc. but I wasn't sure that anyone would believe it. Re the biting, I believe it is true but I wouldn't recommend grabbing one to test the theory.

    Rick

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    Heading back to Neiafu - I'm guessing a crew pickup for the next leg. Fiji?

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Right, well, I'd also heard that if you stop near them, they will slither through your BC etc. but I wasn't sure that anyone would believe it. Re the biting, I believe it is true but I wouldn't recommend grabbing one to test the theory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Right, well, I'd also heard that if you stop near them, they will slither through your BC etc. but I wasn't sure that anyone would believe it. Re the biting, I believe it is true but I wouldn't recommend grabbing one to test the theory.

    Rick
    My understanding is that the fangs are right at the back of their jaws, so the webs between tour toes and fingers are the only place they can get to.

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    Good spotting.. yes we're in Neiafu to have an unpressured look around and a few stores for Fiji. Did you know there is no diesel on a wharf or even nearby here? . There ain't... you get some mates together and organise for the tanker to come down and fuel you up. No crew ,it's just 2 nights..300 odd miles.
    Do you know Pixie ,Rick? . There are a few Aussie boats with us. Letting go and Summer lovin spring to mind. Pixie are a great couple really doing it and in a boat they built themselves 30 years ago. Really nice people.
    Yes the sea snake thing is interesting. .. they are known to be highly venomous but small mouthed and unlikely to harm anyone leaving them alone. Dogs though. . Do not look at a dog, do not make eye contact with a street dog . They will get aggressive maybe even bite whatever you have leaving last

    Edit. Caught up with the Pixies this am watching the ac at Mango cafe. Peter says you took the best photo of Pixie he's ever seen ,Rick. David did the Tasman crossing with you too didn't he.
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    That's right. I was helping David deliver his boat to Southport and we met Pixie going very well off Yamba. We then met them again when we were bringing the boat home from Mackay. They did a great job with that boat and seem really nice people.

    Rick

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    JB, your Predict Wind track is beginning to resemble ....... a weta!!

    Rick

    Actually it looks more like the Big Prawn from Ballina but enough like a weta.

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    Making good time towards Savusavu

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    Zoomin'

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    Riada is one very capable boat.

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    Arrived at Vanua Baluva. Can you baluv it? http://fijimarinas.com/vanua-balavu-lau/

    Rick
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    Very cool, I think the Lau Group is still pretty much unspoilt, because it's usually hard to get to by yacht. No established port of entry out that way. We were there in 1974, I wonder how much has changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Arrived at Vanua Baluva. Can you baluv it? http://fijimarinas.com/vanua-balavu-lau/

    Rick
    Probably enjoying a cold bevvy and some baluva caviar on the after deck.

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