Dive 194: Midreef, Pulau Kapalai (Malaysia)

Dive time:  00:44:00
Max depth:  20.1 metres
Temperature:  29 C
Visibility:  6 metres
Buddy:  Jose
Surface interval:  03:30:00

It was a very short boat ride just out to the edge of the reef from where the resort is located.  The reef stretches out quite far, but we went really slowly along the reef looking for little critters.

One of the Dutch guys found a tiny little shrimp that was less than 1cm long and completely indistinguishable from the whip coral that it was sitting on except that it would move when it was poked with a pointer.  Amazing that he spotted it!

We also saw quite a few different varieties of nudibranchs, including two that were stuck together in the throes of mating or something, a little hairy squat lobster on a big broad barrel coral, an octopus hiding in its hole, and I even found a tiny translucent shrimp on a fan although after I turned around to find someone else to show it to, I couldn’t find that little shrimp again.  Doh.

At the safety stop, we saw some small bumpheaded parrot fish, and apparently there was a massive turtle as well but unfortunately it swam away before I got to see it!

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