13 May – 3 June 2010
S5 17.581 E150 06.236 – Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay
S4 41.825 E149 26.761 – Dickie’s Place, Witu Islands
The many shoals and sea mounts in Kimbe Bay are popular to many divers in the lookout for sharks, schooling fish in the blue and some tunas passing through. But one type of dive that’s not everyone’s cup of tea and is an acquired taste type of diving is muck diving. Mucking about in the sand , silt or rubble doesn’t sound very exciting but believe you me, it is my preferred dive. It’s like treasure hunting and the creatures you find in the most unlikely places is a reward beyond imagination once you see how beautiful and intricate a critter can be.
Many dive sites within Kimbe Bay and in Witu Island contain tiny or small animals (fish, snails, crustacean, etc) that shows why the Coral Triangle is the area with most number of marine species on the planet. There are so many critters that I had to have a separate blog entry to show what they are and how incredible they are to see, once you focus your eyes on these well camouflaged beauties. Here are the critters of Kimbe Bay.
I’d also like to show common fish like fairy basslets which we sometimes take for granted, but they make up the character of the reefs for their abundant presence and color.
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