Journal Entry: Jessica Petereit - Germany - 2012-08-14

What was your personal highlight of the day/week?

My Personal Highlight of the Day was a dolphin group, they swam just below us and also had 2 young ones in the middle of the group :) I also enjoyed watching one Twobar anemonefish who was quite interested in the divers ;) 

What interesting fact did you learn today/this week?

I learned that sharks have 8 well developed sensory systems with which they can locate fish, even if the prey is under the sand when the shark can`t see, hear, taste or smell it.

What was your favourite species that you saw today/this week?

My favourite species of the week was a big female Reef Manta who swam right below me as we snorkeled and turned around several times :) i took great pictures and could also swim with her a long distance :) 

How does South Africa differ from your home country?

South Africa is a very different beast to my home country Germany. The climate is much warmer and the people are much friendlier. I never met such nice guys during a week and have never seen more animals than in this time. Another point is the food. Even though it tastes sometimes really different then in Germany most of the time its great :) especially the pumpkins and the sausages are awesome :D Apart from this, in South Africa the people are more relaxed than in any other countries I`ve ever been.

Are you enjoying your camp accommodation?

The accommodation is great :) we have electicity and fluent hot water :) Even though the rooms are very small it doesn't matter because you are only in the rooms for some sleep :) everything is clean here and if you want something, everybody will help you :) Another good point are the 7 dogs and the 2 cats. You are never alone ;)

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