My in-laws live in Hawaii and write books about snorkeling. Today they took me in the sea where I snorkeled for the first time. My brain nearly exploded from amazement. I had to learn how to breathe and to relax.
  1. Bluespine Unicornfish
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    "The spines are as sharp as scalpels. If you touch it, it will slice your hand up."
  2. Slate pencil sea urchin
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    Slick, red, spiky, like a piece of art 3D printed from a kindergartener's drawing.
  3. Green sea turtle.
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    My in-laws have a huge wooden turtle on their kitchen counter. The first thing I saw underwater was the real life version of it!
  4. Sea Urchin
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    My father in law tried to explain, in underwater pantomime, that if I let it stay in my hand it would suck on and I would have to peel it off.
  5. Yellow Tang
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    Massive schools of bright yellow fish flitting in spangled light.
  6. Achilles Tang
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    The picture is of my in-laws in their wetsuits. They look like they're 25.
  7. Yellowtail Coris
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    Covered, I mean completely covered, in fluorescent blue dots.
  8. A rainbow.
    It rained for like thirty seconds and a huge rainbow came out across the sky.