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Micronesia Field Blog: Yap Part I
By Joseph Tepper, June 18, 2013 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

By Joseph Tepper 

Star charts and a hollowed out tree trunk is all the master navigators of Yap need to transverse the waters from Palau. I, on the other hand, prefer a Boeing 747.

After three spectacular weeks photographing the underwater beauties of Palau with Sam's Tours and Worldwide Dive & Sail (stay tuned for a blog on that!) I skipped across the Pacific on a 45-minute flight to Yap for the second part of my Micronesian assignment. 

Although now famous for its resident manta population, this speck of a seamount on the Pacific is hardly just about the big birds. There’s exhilarating shark feeds, mandarin fish mating, dramatic walls and a beacon of Micronesian culture topside—and I intend to discover all of it with the help of Yap Pacific Dive Resort

Yap Pacific's shark feed at Vertigo puts the photographer's dome right in the middle of the action

So if you think that Yap is just mantas, I present to a sneak peak at the other underwater photo secrets just lying below the surface…

My first underwater image in Yap--not a bad start with a pod of 50 spinner dolphins

An underwater photojournalist at work...

In addition to sharks and mantas, Yap's walls feature soft corals, giant anenomes and sea fans

The sight of dozens of sharks at the surface is a photographer's delight




Fantasea FG7X II
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D500
I-DiveSite Venom 35s
SeaLife DC2000
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