Whaleshark encounter

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I have never experienced winning the lottery. But this encounter with a whaleshark might get really close to the feelings of winning something big! Whalesharks are seldom seen in the narrow bay of Palu. I still remember my conversation with our dive guide Nasrun.

Me : I might go wide-angle on the housereef dive.

Nasrun : Naaw, housereef is only macro. I’ll show you some pygmy seahorses and ghostpipefish. Wide angle is not good on the housereef.

Me : ok, then, let’s do macro.

After roughly 30 minutes diving Nasrun looks at me and points to the sand below us. I didn’t understand. There was nothing to see. Then he lifted his head to the surface above us. So did I…and almost lost my regulator! A whaleshark just swam over our heads following our bubbles. Nasrun was actually pointing at the giant’s shadow in the sand below us.. My first thought was : Dammit, I’m on macro! Then I rembered my GoPro Camera attached to my housing. The gentle giant of about 5-6 meters cruised around us for more than 10 minutes, searching for the bubbles we expelled, a bit faster than usually, I have to admit.

Visibiltiy was not at it’s best, but here are the images of my big win!

Deep down on Gili Raja Wreck

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The Gili Raja wreck is approximately 90-meters long and lies for  60 years on its side at a depth 35m and 50m. It is beautifully y overgrown with soft corals. The site is almost pristine as only a handful of divers are able to dive here given the depth.

I had the chance to dive this beauty with the Prince John Dive Resort and will be diving there again in November.

 

Lembeh – Day Two

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Today we had 3 dives plus a night dive. Great critters !
Here my choice of the day : a typical Lembeh shot if you ask me!
I saw a similar one a couple of years ago which made me want diving the Strait. It was one with a nudibranch on an old cigarette pack, taken by Bob Whorton. Terima kasih Bob for the insiration.

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