Saturday, April 28, 2012

Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (3)

Day 1 at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (12 May 2010)
For the third dive of the day, we were taken to a dive spot called the "Coral Garden". It was the shallowest dive site (15 m) for the day and visibility was only fair (about 5 m). We didn't find the barracudas nor the turtles that the dive guides "promised". Even so, it has been an enjoyable dive.


The dive guides found a very large sea cucumber on the sandy seafloor. The animal was about 1 meter long.


A pair of mating nudibranchs on algae-covered reef.


A scorpionfish resting on the seafloor (arrows pointing at its eyes), raising the venomous spines on its back.


Another shot of the same scorpionfish from behind.


Some mushroom corals. The skeletons of the corals resemble the gills of mushrooms.


The long arms of brittle stars over staghorn corals.


Hinge-beak shrimps (Rhynchocinetes sp.) found on an old tyre.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (2)

Day 1 at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (12 May 2010)
My second dive in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park took place at Edgel's Patch, which is in the southwest of Sapi Island. The deepest part of the dive site where my buddy and I swam to was around 24 m. This dive site again had some interesting fish life, e.g. clownfishes, stick pipefish, and zebra eel. 

But the really pretty and unusual ones had to be the feather stars. They were everywhere, perching on rocks, sea fans and corals, securing themselves using their claws (cirri). It was a pleasure watching some of them stealthily unfurl their arms and started moving about in the current.
 


In this photo, you can see the "claws" (cirri) on the underside of the animal.






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