Saturday, October 23, 2010

Diving at Tioman Island

Scuba dived at Tioman in early September...
We are now more into doing shore dives by ourselves...
This allows us to control our dives better...
The downside is, we just get to see the 'common' creatures...
Which is not really a problem, actually...

This is probably a kind of damselfish...
Am not very sure of its name
but it was fun watching it darting in and out of the corals...
Size was about three centimeters?
 
The house reef was nice to dive...
Coal bleaching was apparent in many spots...
This particular brain coral was just off the jetty...
My dive buddy aka missus getting on low to peep at the fish life...
The finger corals were bleaching too...
This lemon damselfish was a joy to observe...
It would hide in the corals as I tried to focus...
But patience always pays off...
And we had a lot of air to spare because we dove shallow...
In the shallows, the anemone fish is unavoidable...
Not to say that we want to avoid them...
And, what beautiful creatures they are...
The so-called 'sargeant major'...
Think it is part of the chromis family...
This picture was taken below the jetty where there were loads of them...
This is called a two-lined spinecheek, I think...
Was resting on the sandfloor, just observing this guy...
Shot this picture as it was yawning?
A pair of blennies, resting on top of a little brain coral...
Perhaps two centimeters or so...
Their movements come in spurts...
And they seem to be darting all the time...

And finally, yours truly...
The sargeant majors were picking at my hair, mistaking them for food...
My missus had a good laugh upon seeing that...