Saturday, 29 January 2011

Pulau Weh 2011

A Mola-mole a.k.a Ocean Sunfish was spotted at 40m-47m

School of Jacks playing in the current, DM Yudi cling on to the reef..

Date: 29 Jan 2011 – 05 Feb 2011
Location: Pulau Weh, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Camera: Canon G10 + Canon Casing
Strobe: Fantasea Single Nano Strobe Set
Filter: NIL
Post editing: PS CS3
No. of dives: 7

My reason to go there:
Have been there once in 2009, miss the place, the diving, the people, the satay ….

- Visibility was pretty good ranging from 15m to 25m, depending of the dive sites
- Coral reefs are healthy
- This place has the largest seafans to my opinion, rivaling the Similans
- Rich array of marine lifes … good mix of resident reef species and pelagics 
- The dive operator was easy going, but may be too easy going sometimes 
- Very happy to see so many dermatobranchus ornatus
- Extremely happy to see a Mola-mola, it was cleaning at 46.6m
- My first nitrogen narcosis, it was the 46.6m dive. My face and hands started feeling numb, and then a headache started to kick in, I knew it was too deep and too long for me, so after taking a few pictures of the mola-mola and a video, I started ascending slowly, the headache lasted for 30-40mins after the dive. But it was ok after that, I was able to do the next dive after the SI.
- There were fewer moray eels this time, perhaps they went hiding…
- Water temperature 26-27c
- There are 3 resident Leaf Scorpionfishes at Arus Paleeh now, we dive pass that location 3 times and on all 3 passes we saw the leafscorpion fishes
- Rough sea, it was hard for some of the divers to get onto the boat after some dives
- Was raining on and off for the first 2-3 days, and gradually got better and eventually all sunny before a day we left..
- Great dive gang, although they were all strangers from other countries.. . 

Bursting with fishes

Andaman sea have some of the largest seafans in this region

A Honeycomb Moray Eel, we don't see this species quite so often

dermatobranchus ornatus

dermatobranchus ornatus

Clark's anemone fish on fluorescent pink bubble anemone

dermatobranchus ornatus

Gorgonian Seafan

feather stars

Whip coral

A Mola-mola, a very very very lucky find

Common lionfish

Leaf Scorpionfish

Ribbon Eel

Common lionfish

Common lionfish

Tassled Scorpionfish .. looks those beard like looking tassles

Leaf Scorpionfish

a Crinoid Shrimp hiding amongst the tentacles of a feather star

phyllidia varicosa

phyllidiella zeylanica

A Commensal shrimp

chromodoris kuniei

phyllidia ocellata

chromodoris quadricolor

daddy if this kid caught a Orange-lined Triggerfish

Lots of other divers

Giant Trevallies

Chevron Barracudas, yeah like those we see at Sipadan

  Striped Large-eye Breams

Golden Sweepers .. like little glittering jewels

Penguin wing oyster