The squid invasion.

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The boat trip from Laem Tong round to Loh Dalum Bay and Tonsai Village.

Day three began with a surprise. I jumped out of bed pulled on swimming shorts and headed for the sea. After a few strokes I was aware that every time I pulled my arms back I seemed to get a handful of what felt like grape seeds. Treading water to investigate, I found that I appeared to be swimming in a sea of tapioca ! The water was just full of little jelly like cylinders, about an inch long, and half an inch wide, and with a little black bit in the middle !   YIKES !!  I swam to the left, to the right, closer to shore and further out to sea. There was no escape. The sea was just absolutely full of them….millions…probably billions. It was around seven a.m. and not another soul in the water. Slightly un-nerved I headed back to the shore where I found the sand full of these little things, some pulsing away like little hearts and others totally lifeless. Looking back at the sea I could now see that it had become very slightly milky, not the crystal clear that it normally is.

After a longer than normal shower we headed off to breakfast, passing the dive centre where we bumped into Suwit, who has worked here for as long as we have been visiting.

The boat trip from Laem Tong round to Loh Dalum Bay and Tonsai Village.
Hey Suwit, what’s happened to the sea?

As yes John, this happens every year, once a year. Don’t worry they are harmless baby squid. They will all be gone in two days. And they were.

In all the trips we’ve made to this island I’ve never seen anything like it, nor even heard of it. But apparently it happens every year, sometime in January or February.

Completely harmless, but it is quite unpleasant swimming with them. I tried a few times but just didn’t like the feel of them.

 

So with the sea being like that, to-day was a good day to visit Tonsai Village. We hired a longtail and driver from the gypsy village and made our way round the northern headland, passing Lanah Bay, Nui Bay, Monkey Beach and right in to Loh Dalhum Bay. We had to paddle the last twenty or thirty yards to reach the beach.

Coming in to the bay, it was very clear that new building has been progressing at a pace very untypical of Phi Phi.

The boat trip from Laem Tong round to Loh Dalum Bay and Tonsai Village.
Lots of concrete, which is understandable, but for the first time since the start of the post-tsunami re-build, I felt that Tonsai Village has become a different place.

Absolutely full of backpackers and day-trippers and even during the day….too much loud music. Not our thing at all. We spent two or three hours there, doing a bit of shopping, checking out a couple of the new hotels and of course, we always visit the Tsunami Memorial Garden which I’m delighted to say, is still being beautifully maintained.

For our return longtail trip, we left from the Tonsai Bay side and travelled back up the east coast, passing Long Beach, Rantee Bay and Loh Bakao Bay.

Just in time for us to wander up to the viewpoint at H.I. for a couple of cocktails whilst watching the sunset.

For dinner we again sat barefoot in sand, but this time at Sawadee Restaurant, which is adjacent to Zeavola. More lovely fresh seafood…….Thai style…..fab.

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