Our Senior Editor is visiting family in Saipan this week, and did some diving and hiking. Oh, and this post has nothing to do with sharks. Please enjoy some photos from Saipan:
Green turtles known to sleep in the underwater caves surrounding the island. Napoleon wrasse are also known to sleep in the caves:
This big guy had his tail sticking out of a hole in the coral. Luckily, there was a hole on the other side of him, too:
This is definitely his better side. Most nights you'll find whitetip sharks either sleeping in the caves or hunting on the reefs, too, but this night belonged to the turtles:
Regular readers will remember that Saipan is the largest island in the Northern Mariana Islands, and home to the world's second ban on the sale, trade, and possession of shark fin. The law was signed in January 2011, and similar laws quickly followed in Guam, Washington, Oregon, California, and a number of Canadian municipalities. Similar laws have also been introduced in Virginia, New York, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois.
Rob Stewart told the story of the sixth grade class at San Vicente Elementary School who petitioned their government to pass the law in his short film, Saipan Sharkwater, which you can watch on Youtube.
Rob captured some of these vistas in his mini-documentary, but nothing beats going there in person. So the next time you are bumming around Micronesia, make sure you stop by Saipan.
This beach is called Forbidden Island. Put it on your bucket list. Here are a few more photos: