On a glorious day in Tahiti (isn’t every day there glorious?) I waded in shallow water around Motu Mauahatea, one of several hundred motus or islets in the Rangiroa atoll. One of the world’s great diving locations, Rangiroa looks like a giant pearl necklace from the air. Motu Mauahatea is covered with a surreal-looking ‘forest’ of fossilized coral, some of it jutting out of the water by a metre or more. The sharp, jagged edges are extremely difficult to negotiate but as I gingerly waded around them, I spotted a clam that opened up to reveal vivid green and black markings. Awesome.
Photo & text © Christine Salins
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