Saturday, July 15, 2006

Coral in Clear Water Bay

After the storm, this is an impression of the visibility, and the deep green water. These coral are rather rare in Clear Water bay, Hong Kong.

After the Storm

Before leaving for the summer, I felt I had to have one last dive in HK. There was a storm the night before, and the diving was quite different. Water was significantly cooler, and visibility was down to about 80cm. We performed a 30 minutes circle at 3 to 8 meters, navigating by compass entirely.
We saw very little fish, one cornet fish and some smaller ones, but not even close to 10 percent of the usual encounters. The starfish we encountered was huge, measuring about 40-50cm in diameter and being partially buried in the sand.

Because it was raining, rather cold, and we were heading for a single dive only, we actually wore the entire gear on the bikes. People looked rather funny, but the set-up worked great. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Puffer Fish

Another Hong Kong pufferfish, Takifugu alboplumbeus.

Puffer Fish

One of the handful of pufferfish, (Takifugu alboplumbeus), I saw today.

Sea Urchin

Some of the many Sea Urchins (Diadema setosum), I saw today. The bright spot int he middle is the anus, the spines are pitch black, or white.

Clear Water Bay: Yet Again

I spent 5:30 to 6:30 in the water, at Raymond’s spot in Clear Water Bay. The water was significantly cooler than a week ago, almost calling for a shorty, with an additional thermocline at 3 meters. I watched the beautiful sea urchins, several puffer, and cornet fish. Still I am struggling with the camera’s focus.
Also, I spotted my first Moon Wrasse, Thalassoma lunare. It is a bright blue, hyperactive fish that does not stop harassing smaller fish. Indeed, it was moving too quickly to take a decent picture.