Dive No. 840/841 Clownfish and Nudibranch
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2003/06/30 20:09  
  ȸ : 3945  
     
  Dive No. 840/841 - Little Munson - water 21C - air 28C - sunny - visibility 6-10 m

We had 2 good dives with Stacey, Erica, Pedro and Erin who all live in Sogwipo. For Erica, Pedro and Erin it was their first dive in Jeju.

For most divers who learned to dive in tropical waters like Thailand it is very different to wear a full 6,5mm wetsuit and a hood. They usually don`t believe how much weight they need and they find out that they have to use their BC a lot more to offset the loss of buoyancy of the thick suit. Many divers who dive under our conditions for the first time need the first dive to get used to all these differences.

We saw a big white lion fish and visited the Clownfish in their sea anemones. Clownfish are small fish of max. 15cm which are also called Anemone Fish because they live in a close association with a sea anemone. The fish is immune from the stinging cells of the anemone which protects the fish against predators. The advantage of this relationship on the side of the anemone is still unknown. Anemone Fish live in pairs of 2, the female being bigger than the male. If the female disappears the male becomes a female and grows in size. They spawn their eggs under the anemone and the juveniles are immune from the stinging cells as they are born. They have a life span of about 13 years. Clownfish are very active when the water is warm, they are even surpringly agressive for a fish of their size. I have seen them attacking the mask and camera housings of divers and these two which live near Little Munsom have bit my finger more than once. During the winter when the water temperature is low they become passive and hide under the anemone most of the time.

On the second dive Erica spotted a long snake-like fish which she thought is a muray eel. I would have liked to see that because muray eels are extrmely rare in Jeju. Too bad for me. But a bit later I saw a nudibranch (a sea slug without a "house") that I had never seen before. It was about 10 cm long (rather big for a nudibranch), the basic color was blue with orange spots on the whole body. I would have loved to take a picture of it because it was something special, too.

Erin said that the underwater world here has more colors and that there is more to see here than where she dove in Thailand. I cannot comment on this because I never dove there but I believe more and more that outside Korea Jeju is one of the better kept secrets in scuba diving.

Enjoyable and safe diving.

Ralf

 
     
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