Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day 2 at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (13 May 2010) - Last dive

The dive guide took the group to Ron's Reef for our last dive of the day. Visibility (about 2 meters) was the worst of the three dives of the day. We saw the usual tropical reef life.

An interesting find was this little spotted anemone crab on a sea anemone which looked pretty much like a huge, soft pillow or perhaps a thick blanket.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Day 2 at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (13 May 2010) - Second dive

The second dive of the day was at Ribbon Reef. Maximum depth of the dive site was 18 meters. The visibility (5 meters) was a little better than the first dive site.

The most exciting moment had to be the sighting of a green turtle! The animal has a shell length of about 3 feet. And it wasn't "diver-shy" at all. We closed in on it and watched it feed for a while.



I found quite a lot of Christmas tree worms on the corals too. But taking photos of them was a bit tricky. They just flickered out of sight at the slightest (hints of) moments.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (4)

Day 2 at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (13 May 2010)

The first dive today was off Sulug Island. Maximum depth of the dive site was around 19 meters. Visibility (3 meters) was really poor. 

Usually, during the pre-dive briefing, the dive guides would tell us what interesting marine life to watch for. I can't remember now what the special features of the dive site were. Honestly, it didn't look too different from the previous dive spots I went to - corals abound at the first glance.


Some interesting images are below.

These were two big sea cucumbers I came across. Both looked like the same species, probably blackspotted sea cucumber (Pearsonothuria graeffei). Both were probably busy picking up yummy algae or detritus with their black tentacles (those sticky mouth pads with black stalks).

Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) - coral-eating starfish. Fortunately they weren't a common sight where I dived.

Sponges and a giant clam

A drifting/swimming feather star

Feather star perching on a whip coral (?) which had many white polyps all over it.