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.

6 comments:

alice said...

The photos make me want to become a mermaid.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Alice,

That's exactly my little agenda in blogging...:D.

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Steve Reynolds said...

Is that really you Chai? Welcome back!How are you going?

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Steve,

You bet it's me :)
Currently I'm in the middle of a long surface interval.

Cheers,
Chai

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