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UW Photo Wench’s Longest Dive Ever

If you want maximum bottom time, a shore dive is the way to go. No set schedule to follow, little to no current to worry about, easy to navigate and nearly impossible to get lost. My friend Linda was visiting from Texas, and we got to talking about what our longest dive was. Both of us had several dives that went longer than 2 hours, but we decided to challenge ourselves to make it to 3 hours.

To accomplish this, we needed to stay relatively shallow and not do too much swimming. Mucky Pirates Bay here in Pemuteran is perfect. You can spend an entire dive exploring under the pier. There are also nearby mooring bases and piles of debris that have their own little ecosystems—a macro photographer’s dream.

After helping us in the water with our gear & cameras, we told the Sea Rovers shore support crew not to expect us back for at least 2.5 hours (I don’t think they completely believed us, but they smiled and waved us on our way). It was low tide and there was limited visibility, so it was a good thing we didn’t plan to venture too far from shore. Because of the particles in the water, the dive wasn’t particularly fruitful photographically. We saw several morays, pipefish, lionfish, and the usual cleaner shrimp and anemone crabs. But here is my favorite shot of the day

Zoop dive computer showing 3 hour dive

Here’s the proof – 30 feet (10 metres) for 180 minutes

 

So, if you love long slow dives with lots of interesting critters, be sure to check out Mucky Pirates Bay with the Pirates of Sea Rovers. Maybe you too can log your longest dive ever and beat my record.

Starry moray eel, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

The starry moray is one of my favorite eels because of the bright yellow eyes

 

Moray eel, banded coral shrimp, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

While shooting the shrimp, the moray suddenly stuck out his head

 

Lionfish under pier, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

One of several lionfish under the pier

 

Pipefish profile, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

One of many pipefish we saw

 

Porcelain crab, anemone, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Look for these in anemones if the clownfish will let you get close enough

 

Dive Deeper with SSI Deep Diver Specialty

Huutan & Samy getting presented with there SSI Deep Diver Specialty badge by Wayan. Not only is this there first time deep diving but it is also Wayan’s first time teaching SSI Deep Diving Specialty to students.

So congratulations to everyone is in order. Well done guys.

Visit Lonely Mangrove

Lonely Mangrove stands vigil at the entrance to Pemuteran Bay

But now it doesn’t need to be so lonely, a mangrove can have friends visit and at the same time enjoy one of the newly installed ‘Selfie Swings’ of Pemuteran. Because, why not?

Easy to find at the entrance to Pemuteran Bay, just by Pura Dalam and the Glass Houses. Its also a great location to romantically swing and watch the sunset. Course there are only two so you might have to wait your turn.

The second swing is further down the coast above, and on land, next to the ‘Underwater Temple Garden’ a leisurely stroll along the beach to the small hills West of the Bay. You’ll find it at the point of the peninsula.

So lets see those twitter/instagram/facebook/G+ posts #selfieswingpemuteran

#IamSSI Try Dive

Try dive away!

More newbies descend into the deep as Naomi & Sophie take their first breath of pure dry filtered air on their SSI Try Dive course with Captain Paul.

The two new fishies dived into ‘Mucky Pirates Bay’ all flappy and excited but returned more excited but less flappy as they learned the ways of the SCUBA on their SSI Try Dive.

So why don’t you come on down, learn the ways of the SCUBA with the Captain and Sea Rovers crew? Come on you know you want too 😉

The French (SSI Open Water Training) Connection

Some pictures of Romain and Rachael (the latter originally from America) who came all the way from Paris to finish the second half of their SSI Open Water Diver course with the infamous Captain Paul. Having completed their SSI Open Water Referral training with Plongequilibre in Paris. The intrepid explorers and newly initiated Pirate Brethren, took sail to Bali for a taste of undersea adventures with the Pirates who Dive.

Which is a good option for some, as it allows you to not only complete the online theory and final exam in your own language. But also to to do all the confined water training/skills prior to your trip. Which then leaves you free of any classroom or pool sessions during your holidays. All you need to do is the remaining 4 dives with, shall we say US? Yes, lets say us  😉 And you’re done, SSI Open Water Diver is complete.

So a shout out to their previous instructors Erwan Rowarch and Luc Galtier at Plongequilibre in Paris (https://www.plongequilibre.com). Who did a good job teaching Romain and Rachael their in water skill. Don’t worry they didn’t embarrass you guys 😉

One of the fears of every good instructor is that your student will leave with your name on their badge….. Me I have no fear, I’m a Pirate and both Romain and Rachael did a good job on demonstrating the skills they had previously learned, and buoyancy was also good. Just don’t stop, keep diving, practice in a pool if you don’t get a chance to dive for a while.

And finally we hope to see you again some time in the future.

Nature makes for strange companions

During a recent dive in Mucky Pirates Bay, I came across an upside-down jellyfish lying in the sand. I wasn’t sure whether it was alive or dead, so I gently prodded it with my muck stick. Imagine my surprise when it started running across the sand! What I didn’t realize was that there was a decorator crab underneath who had adorned this jellyfish like a hat to protect itself from predators. I found another one on a subsequent dive, so this must be fairly common. It’s clear what benefit the crab gets from this relationship…not sure if the jellyfish is too happy about the arrangement.Save

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Sarah & Clement Enjoy Menjangan

Sarah & Clement came to Pemuteran to try diving, so Captain Paul taught them the basics–a little theory and some in-water practice. After doing a Try Dive with Sea Rovers, you can dive with an instructor/DM for up to 14 days to a maximum depth of 12 meters. They went out on one of our regular trips to Menjangan today under the watchful eye of Abdul. From the photo, it looks like they’re having a fantastic time.

dive boat, Sea Rovers guests

2 boats heading out for diving & snorkeling adventures

 

 

Menjangan, Sea Rovers guests, Bali, Indonesia

Sarah & Clement along the wall at Menjangan

 

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The Povey family’s first day with the Pirates

The Povey’s arrived in Pemuteran ready for a range of experiences–snorkeling, Discover Scuba diving, scuba diving refresher and an advanced dive to 30 meters at the renowned site Temple Garden. The Pirates at Sea Rovers can do it all. The guys on the boat were heading out for diving and snorkeling; the guys on the beach at Mucky Pirates Bay were doing Discover scuba and a refresher dive. Their next adventure will be to charter a boat for a personalized trip to Menjangan. Enjoy!

 

 

Killer Robot Reef Rangers

Robotic technology is being developed to help rid the reefs of invasive species–the crown of thorns starfish on our side of the world and the lionfish in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

Robot designed to kill the invasive crown of thorns

From Scientific American:

The Great Barrier Reef will have a robotic protector beginning this winter. The underwater autonomous vehicle is programmed to patrol the massive living structure in search of destructive crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), which it then kills by lethal injection. These starfish prey on coral polyps, and although they are native to the reef, their population has exploded in the past few years, possibly because of overfishing of their natural predators. Click here to read the full story.

Our friends in the Atlantic and Caribbean also have a serious problem with the invasive lionfish. Another robot has been proposed to help with this predator.

Prototype of the lionfish killer robot

From Live Science:

The robotics company iRobot, known for creating the autonomous and endearing Roomba vacuums, is taking steps to make a clean sweep of lionfish in the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with a robot designed to target and dispatch the invasive fish. Click here to read the full article

 

 

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