Dive 196: Great Wall, Pulau Kapalai (Malaysia)

Dive time:  00:49:00
Max depth:  16.2 metres
Temperature:  29 C
Visibility:  6 metres
Buddy:  Jose
Surface interval:  01:35:00

This site was just further along the reef than Midreef, where we dived yesterday.  There are lots of outcrops of rock with tonnes of growth all over them, so it  was a matter of examining each one for signs of life.

We saw a juvenile blue ribbon eel that is mostly black in colour.  The DM, Alvin, somehow had speared a small fish onto his pointer and waved it in front of the eel to entice it to come out of its hiding hole.  As it came out to grab the fish, we probably saw almost the length of its body before it quickly retreated with its catch back into the hole.  Jose found a massive spotted eel in a hole, and although I could see its body and even its tail in writhing around in the hole I couldn’t find its head poking out anywhere.

There were a few nudibranch sightings, a blue-spotted ray, an octopus hiding under a rock that couldn’t even be enticed to come out and ink when Alvin poked it with his pointer, a few varieties of anenome fish, quite a few shrimp waving their long white antennae around, a small school of around 6 coral shrimp fish swimming away in their peculiar vertically upside down style, and a crocodile fish resting on the bottom underneath a sea fan.

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