We had a great dive at Close Encounters in Pemuteran–negligible current, good visibility and lots of critters to see. The expert eyes of dive guide Abdul pointed out creatures great and small. We even saw a shark wedged under a ledge–in a space too small to get my camera into (wish I had a tiny GoPro for that shot). Everyone comes to the pirates of Sea Rovers in Pemuteran to dive Menjangan, but be sure to allow enough time in your holiday to check out our great local reefs as well.
Hairy squat lobsters live in the crevices of barrel sponges
This moray wasn’t too shy and kept poking his head out when I was shooting the sweetlips
This photogenic sweet lips was sharing space with the moray eel. Had to keep an eye on my fingers while shooting
Anemone crabs have long hair-like projections on their arms to filter food from the water
With extra magnification, you can see the eggs inside this cleaner shrimp
Garr! Today be a day of surprises, for me.
First I was surprised to find myself a day older, but some cruel bugger had added a year to my age. Damn em for a cur, I’ll have em flogged afore this day be over.
Then me wench an bairn decided to give me a lovely rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to you’ at 06:45 before I was infused with my religious morning coffee. Gruds Bless em.
And here I be skippering the good ship ‘Vicious Guppy’ on our way to one of the best presents a crusty Sea Rover could get for his Birthday.
Below be Your Captain and his SDI Open Water Scuba Diver students and fellow Whaleshark’O’Gram spotters.
Left to Right, Sabine Fuchs-Schlegel, Captain Paul, Kevin Duhr and self proclaimed, just call me ‘Whaleshark Girl’ Laura Schlegel.
Imagine the last dive of your SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course your swimming with a baby whaleshark. How cool is that?
Here is Laura getting kitted up little knowing what the dive finale had install for all of us this day.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Captain. Happy Birthday to You. Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
And now we all jump in to play with this loveable 3-4mtr baby whaleshark who truly made all our mornings with its appearance.
Whalesharks are not uncommon here in the North West of Bali. But you do have to get lucky and be in the right place at the right time and today was one of those days. Last month one of the other divecentres in the area saw a mother and baby, perhaps the same one we saw today.
But the day is not over yet and perhaps I have somemore surprises ahead.