July 23, 2003

Pescador Island

The 'Haruyot' typhoon has been striking the north of the Philippines yesterday and is now heading straight to Hong-Kong. That's what I'm calling timing ! Now that it is over here, the sun is back with the water calm as a lake. Thus I went diving to Pescador Island this morning, a small island 15 min banca (motorized outrigger boat) from the shore.

While I'm at it, I'm afraid I won't be able to upload pictures before a very long time. While connection is cheap here (20 pesos / hour), it will take an awful long time considering the lag and this is not the best place to show off as well.

I think this is the only internet place in Moalboal and I would say it is kind of interesting. Lots of kids here play Counter-Strike, the popular counter-terrorism game. You would probably expect something else in a village of the Philippines.

Anyway, to come back to the activity of the day. The diving here is absolutely great, there's nothing to say more than that. The coral reef is wonderful, there is an abundance of life everywhere and the diving is cheap as well (and I'm the only diver in this dive center, so all is well, I do what I want). I have been seeing new critters down there and new fishes as well, so I do hope I will be able to do some nice pictures of most of them. As of today I have been seeing 1 giant grey anglerfish, a black one and a good deals of very nice nudibranches.

I have tried cleaning the lens of the housing today by removing the lens and the o-ring, and I succeeded (at least it looks like). I was prepared for the worse but though it was ok until I noticed when diving that the screwing mechanism was loose due to the considerable force created by the pressure - I could not screw hard enough on land, or at least I though it was enough -. I had to screw it more while going deeper and deeper to make sure it was really ok but I did not go much deeper than 20m for the 2nd dive.

Spotfin lionfish (pterois antennata) Giant frogfish (antennarius commersonii) Giant frogfish (antennarius commersonii) Giant frogfish (antennarius commersonii) Giant frogfish (antennarius commersonii) Blue Abyss banca. This is the boat used for diving. In the background, Pescador Island Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) Blackspotted puffer False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) Network pipefish (corythoichthys flavofasciatus)

Posted by stephane at July 23, 2003 09:55 AM