Smugglers run aground
A few days or more correctly nights ago smugglers ran afoul of Tankad Jaran, one of our local reefs. Story goes that once the crew realised they were well and truly stuck and taking on water, they basically scarpered. The vessel, a local wooden phinisi style cargo ship, common to the water of Indonesia was apparently carrying barrels of Solar (Diesel) to be sold offshore presumably to international vessels.
The Ship has no license or paperwork so apparently no owner. Pol Air (or marine police), have already removed the cargo but could not remove the ship from the reef. Discussions are in process to make this a permanent and hopefully slightly deeper wreck
Funnily enough Tankad Jaran is also home to the Canyon Wreck, another vessel that ran aground on the same feef many years ago and was later reclaimed and permanently sunk only a couple hundred meters away to the East. Tankad Jaran is also home to the BioWreck and Kuberan Kapal (Ships graveyard) all part of the 2005 local ‘Reef Gardeners‘ environmental project here in Pemuteran. Which also included the now famous ‘Underwater Temple‘.
With luck this unfortunate vessel will become a thriving little ecosystem in the days to come.
Yet another photographically inclined member of our ever expanding Sea Rovers Brethren has left us some memories to post.
Decorator crabs are always weird things, but here in Sea Rovers own ‘Mucky Pirates Bay’ we do extra wierd. This, one of many, uses one of our resident upside down jellyfish as a cunning disguise.
Puffer Fish and friend
A friendly little Octopus on one of Dan’s night dives provided a nice pose.
This Octopus decided to stretch out and go for a wonder.
Lionfish gliding in amongst the corals, nice warm colours on this one.
Hermit crab with accompanying anenomes.
And finally looking from stern to bows, ‘Canyon Wreck’ shows us her Booty 🙂
Nice Photo’s Dan, look forward to seeing more on your next trip out.
Lost Pirate treasure ship found off the Pemuteran coast. (Again 🙂
Pirate Brethren Bruce swimming over the decks looking for lost doubloons.
Abdul checks out the hold for valuable cargo
Guess the cargo is gone.
Her rigging amazingly still intact as Bruce cruises along her side.
Simon finds something interesting to Photograph.
Simon & Bruce coming up from the depths.
Bruce and Simon enjoying some of the most pristine coral formations to be found this side of Bali.
Bruce and Abdul (dive guide in training) exploring the shallower reefs.
Canyon Wreck was sunk some 4 years ago and is still in remarkable condition for a wooden vessel.
Again part of the still on going Reef Gardeners project.
An interesting dive at a depth of 30mtrs coming up into a beautiful coral canyon.