Jul 21

Albert

by in Australia

 

Albert!

Albert!

 

Old and wise, Albert

Old and wise, Albert

 

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

There’s a clever soul holding court in the corals of the Whitsunday’s Manta Ray Bay.  Albert, a humongous maori wrasse much bigger than Sacagawea, has been captivating visitors for more than two decades.  Lovingly named Albert by the local guides (in honor of Cosby’s character, Fat Albert), Albert is quite a show stopper.  

We had the honor of a private audience with Albert, snorkeling under the brilliant sun amidst breathtaking corals and fish by the hundreds.  Albert, and his friends GT, sauntered up from the depths to greet us.  His stunningly blue head, lips and chest give way to incredibly complex and beautiful patterns across his fins and body.  He glides up from beneath, his soulful eyes meeting ours, one by one, as he swims up to say hello.  Sacagawea was looking the other way as he approached, perfectly positioned for a kiss as she turned to see him.  Squeals of excitement and delight permeated the waters as she reached out to gently stroke his body as he swam by.  

Swimming with him, looking into his wise, soulful eyes as he so trustingly and knowingly met our gaze and greeted us, gently rubbing his head and body as he glides by, there’s no doubt that he’s simply a magnificent creature, one of nature’s many wonders.  He touched each of us in so many ways.  Sacagawea, a strong but tentative snorkeler, learned to dive with gusto under Albert’s tutelage.  Dundee became decidedly more confident, while also seeming to grasp a greater understanding and appreciation of this underwater world he was discovering.  And Columbus and I, we simply kicked back and enjoyed the simple splendor of it all… this place, our children, the wonders of the world before us.

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