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I am in internet purgatory — a place that any digital nomad fears even more than airport customer service line after a flight cancellation or having your luggage held in customs. After two weeks of blissfully tolerable internet connections, things took a turn for awful. The past few days have found me roaming around the island like some kind of wifi predator, lurking in the shadows while I try to determine if there is a signal strong enough and lasting long enough to upload images and answer emails before I settle in.

So as a result I’ve been far less productive than usual — not great on one of my busiest freelancing months ever! Between juggling my client work, my blogging, and nailing down plans for Peru I’ve barely done anything photo worthy this week — with one exception.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to observe an experimental shark release with the . Two white tip and two black tip reef sharks caught by fishmerman in Bali and bound for the market were intercepted by the foundation, who then brought them back to Gili Trawangan for release in the no-fishing zone surrounding the island. While I personally believe the most important goals should be legislation and enforcement to end shark fining and alternative income for fisherman, we all have the same goal — to keep sharks safe in the long run. Undoubtedly it was a fascinating experience to be so close to these animals.

Onto Photos of the Week!

Photo A

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Yup, these are iPhone photos… from around my front door and around my street

Photo B
Gili Shark Foundation, Gili TrawanganChecking on one of the sharks

Photo C
Shark Release in Gili TrawanganUp close and personal

Photo D
Gili Shark Foundation, IndonesiaChris helps one of the sharks acclimate

Photo E

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Dinner at the ever popular night market

Which photo is you favorite?

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19 Comments...
  • OMG they are all AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  • Lily
    July 28 2013

    Photo C is amazing!!

    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      Thanks Lily! I was a very lucky photographer that day.

  • memographer
    July 28 2013

    Love your underwater shots, Meihoukai! But, the sleeping cat (Photo A) is so adorable πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      My little buddy at “the office” πŸ™‚

  • Breanna
    July 28 2013

    B or D. So amazing that you go t to watch people doing whatever they could to help out animals!

    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      It was a very cool experience! Thanks Breanna!

  • D. If there’s anything cuter than baby sharks, I don’t know what it is πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      If only everyone agreed with that we might not have to have foundations like this! Ha. But I do agree πŸ™‚

  • Shalu Sharma
    July 28 2013

    Nice set of photos. I like the photos of the shark. They seem amazingly small.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      And they come out even smaller! Very cool creatures.

  • Shaun
    July 29 2013

    D! πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      Thanks Shaun! I’ll tell Chris he got your vote πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Noelle
    July 29 2013

    D! The cat in A is sooo cute too.

    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      He hasn’t come around the last few days, and I miss the little guy!

  • Aoife
    July 30 2013

    I loooove D! The shark looks super scary, though. Love the colors in all of these photos.

    • Meihoukai
      July 31 2013

      Thanks! Shallow water makes for better underwater photos πŸ™‚

  • TammyOnTheMove
    August 2 2013

    Amazing work! Small sharks like this I can handle! Anything bigger and I would completely freak out. πŸ˜‰
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