Whitetip cruising at Gato Island. This was pretty big for its species, about 5 feet long. This was a great dive, except there weren't that many reef fish around -- at least not what I was expecting given the reefs were in decent condition. The reason became pretty clear, and it wasn't because of the shark. We heard muffled booms several times throughout the dive. Dynamite fishing. It's illegal of course, but it still happens. Divers pay conservation fees and the Sea Patrol guard the areas frequented by divers so there's no danger of getting too close to a blast, but a few kilometers away.... Any meaningful attempt at conservation needs commitment from the local communities and educating them that keeping the reefs healthy for dive tourism is more profitable than current practices.