September 21, 2003

Turning 30 and staying more


I decided to stay one more day in Lembongan, giving me another chance to see the Mola Mola that keeps escaping me since the beginning. After all that's my birthday and I'm officially turning 30 today, so it MUST be there. I was very surprised by the number of people that wished me a happy birthday as the word spreaded obviouslly quickly. That was nice from everyone. And thanks to all of you that wished me a happy birthday via email

We were supposed to dive Gamat Bay and Crystal Bay in order to maximize our chance to see the Sunfish. It turned out that the current was so strong between Lembongan and Penida that it was absolute suicide to even try it.

We thus went to S.D. (Primary School) and started a drift dive that was absolute crazy. We were drifting at about 3 knots with every kind of current in between especially upward and downard ones. Looking at our expired bubbles was pretty informative and it sometimes happened that bubbles were going down ! It was a fast pace dive and I sucked air like I never did especially when I tried to chase a shark for only a minute of frenzy fins kicking.

The second dive was in Gamat Bay where the current was now reasonable. We planned originally for 22m max but as it happens a Sunfish was there at a cleaning station and we went down to 32m to look at him. I was about 3m from him and it was absolutely huge, basically its height was way over 2m50. Absolutely incredible sighting !

As it happens we were in the middle of a thermocline and the camera was not able to find the focus and I did not have the brain cells to switch to manual focus ! As it happens the pictures only show some kind of blurry shape that is absolutely not identiable if you don't know it is a Sunfish !

If you don't know what's a Sunfish (and you'll be forgiven for that)...well that's a weird fish. It's a quasi circular comprimed body, it has very tall anal and dorsal fins, it reaches about 3m with a weight up to 2 tons.

Nice day, and it was there for my birthday !

Drifting from right to left with strong current. Notice the bubble formations that precedes the divers Drifting from right to left with strong current. Notice the bubble formations that precedes the divers Hawksbill turtle Sunfish over 2m high. The autofocus was lost due to the huge thermocline curtain. Sunfish over 2m high. The autofocus was lost due to the huge thermocline curtain. Sunfish over 2m high. The autofocus was lost due to the huge thermocline curtain. Ribbon eel Leaffish Scorpionfish

 
Posted by stephane at September 21, 2003 10:33 AM
Comments

Hi Stephane

What an appropiate birthday gift! Now maybe you will stay for another day to see the fish again??

Posted by: Eric Han on September 23, 2003 07:37 AM