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..
Location: Pulau Weh, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Camera: Canon G10 + Canon Casing
Strobe: Fantasea Single Nano Strobe Set
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
Clark's anemone fish on fluorescent pink bubble anemone
A Mola-mola, a very very very lucky find
Tassled Scorpionfish .. looks those beard like looking tassles
a Crinoid Shrimp hiding amongst the tentacles of a feather star
A Commensal shrimp
daddy if this kid caught a Orange-lined Triggerfish
Lots of other divers
Chevron Barracudas, yeah like those we see at Sipadan
Striped Large-eye Breams
Golden Sweepers .. like little glittering jewels
Penguin wing oyster