September 18, 2004

Kakaban island and Jellyfish lake

Kakaban is a coral atoll about 30 minutes from speed boat from Sangalaki. What is particular about this place is the land-locked lake: the world's largest jellyfish lake. There are 4 species of stingless jellyfish as well as tunicates, sponges, tube worms, bihalves, crustacean, anemones, sea cucumbers, sea snakes and at least five known species of gobies.

I haven't been diving here, as it is a government nature reserve, but only snorkeling, so taking shots underwater of elusious species such as gobies was pretty challenging, so was the one with jellyfish.

Note also that backscatter was a major issue as a group of taiwanese divers thought that it was a very good idea to jump around near the lake entry point and generating enough silt to make visibility reach a bare 30cm about 10 meters away, so needless to say that even swimming 150m away you still had silt floating around. I did not have time to swim at the other side of the lake...

The nightdive was also hectic as in the taiwanese group the divers were each wearing a dozen of multicolor phosphorescent tubes all over their body and equipment...probably they were afraid of being lost when diving 500m from the shore. :green:

Heather, Bob and I decided to stay away and do our own thing, at least trying to find some fish. Without much success, it was even hard to find something else than small shrimps. The coral formation is very nice, but there is not much soft corals and invertebrates in Coral Garden (at least where we have been diving).

The only pictures I took during this dive was the coral cat shark (a first) passing by next to me before he disappeared into a hole.

#5: Location: Barracuda Point, SI: ?min, Max. Depth: 35.4m, Time: 57min
#6: Location: Barracuda Point, SI: 1h41min, Max. Depth: 17.8m, Time: 65min
#7: Location: Lighthouse, SI: 3h34min, Max. Depth: 11m, Time: 60min
#8: Location: Coral Garden, SI: 1h46min, Max. Depth: 13.8m, Time: 50min

Yoshi during a dive at Barracuda Point OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Non-stinging jellyfish in Kakaban lake Non-stinging jellyfish in Kakaban lake Non-stinging jellyfish in Kakaban lake Kakaban lake underwater Hawkfish Cuttleflish Western clownfish - Amphiprion ocellaris - on a Heteractis magnifica anemone Coral catshark - Atelomycterus marmoratus - quickly snapped during the night

Posted by stephane at September 18, 2004 12:10 PM

Love the web site so far!!!

Question - Did Bob ever do a night dive?


Posted by: Mike Stallings on October 14, 2004 07:32 PM

I just came back from Kakaban this Oct.
Love your pic.

Posted by: on October 29, 2004 02:45 AM