September 19, 2004

Samama

Turtles decided to nest under the bungalow around 3-4AM. The beach in front of our bungalow looks like a battlefield with huge holes about everywhere. On the dive side, we did our first dive around Samama island located about 15mins from Sangalaki.

Samama is normally suited for macro diving and we expected to see some pygmy sea horse around. Due to bad viz, our slow (normal) motion, we lost the other group quickly..no big deal. Note, that we were already moving quite fast.

We did not see much but when surfacing we were told that the other group indeed saw one pygmy...somewhere around where they surfaced, about a kilometer away ! For a macro dive, that was a drift !

#5: Location: Samama, SI: ?min, Max. Depth: 35.4m, Time: 57min
#6: Location: Cleaning Station, SI: 0h57min, Max. Depth: 17m, Time: 67min
#7: Location: ? SI: ?min, Max. Depth: ?m, Time: ?min

Turtle track The battlefield resulting from turtle digging holes to lay eggs The battlefield resulting from turtle digging holes to lay eggs Samama mangrove Samama mangrove Samama mangrove undefined flatworm Crinoids Bob working on a wide angle shot Long fin bat fish - Platax teira -  being cleaned by a striped cleaner wrasse - Labroides dimidiatus - Long fin bat fish - Platax teira -  being cleaned by a striped cleaner wrasse - Labroides dimidiatus - Green giant frogfish - Antennarius commersoni - Bubble coral shrimp - Vir philippinensis -  in its home, the bubble coral - Plerogyra sinuosa - Manta ray - Manta birostris Hawksbill Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata Manta ray - Manta birostris Manta ray - Manta birostris Green turtle laying eggs at night

 
Posted by stephane at September 19, 2004 02:26 PM
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Didn't realise you'd taken a shot of me... Great pose eh )

Posted by: Bob Whorton on October 17, 2004 06:43 PM