Dive Day #3 at Sipadan
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June 22nd, 2009 – by: sshaunaa
The island is surrounded by reef and then has a massive 800m drop off into the abyss. So the dive sites we went to today all had a flat top with reef, then the reef covered the slope downward as far as you could see, where it turned into "the abyss". The dives were definitely unlike any I've done before just because of the way the reef flows, so you have the small stuff in the reef and then the bigger fish swimming just off of it.
The first dive was at a spot called Turtle Patch.
After a stopover on the island for a surface interval, we were back on the boat and after a 2minute boat ride we were at Barracuda Point, the dive site I was hoping we would go to. It's famous for its large school of barracuda and it didn't disappoint. Highlights of this dive was the giant school of metre long barracuda, a huge school of trevally and a big school of these big ugly fish (name I will find out later).
Our third and final dive was at Turtle Tomb, named due to the large number of turtles that swim into the cavern and can't find their way out and drown. Since we're not cavern certified we didn't go in to far inside the entrance. It can be very dangerous and is in complete darkness so you need to know what you're doing to go inside any deeper. The rest of the dive was along the side of the reef covered rock wall.
Throughout the dives we saw lots of white tipped reef sharks, about 10 in total and one was pretty massive. We also saw well over 30-40 turtles, including a ginormous turtle hiding under a rock ledge. A smaller turtle (that looked pretty big) swam over to it and the big was about 4 times the size. He's probably a great-grandfather turtle.
Overall here's the stuff I saw that I can remember:
- lots and lots of turtles
- about a dozen sharks (two which were circling around over and over and I was glad I wasn't the thing they were circling!)
- a spotted ray
- clown fish
- giant schools trigger fish of black with white tails
- lots of nudibranch
- a frog fish
- a metre long eel
- huge school of metre long barracuda
- huge school of trevally
- a group of about 10, longer than 1 metre barracuda
- big schools of a bunch of different types of smaller (less than 6 inches) fish
That's all I can think of right now but I'm sure there's way more.
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