Dive No. 864 Waves from Typhoon in Southern China
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2003/07/23 17:49  
  ȸ : 2867  
     
  Dive No 864 - Little Munsom - water 21C - air 28C - visibility 2-8 meter

I did a TRY SCUBA dive with Lisa from the US in rather high waves and strong surge conditions. She said that she had a great time and looking at her eyes I believed it.

Looking at the marine life in this kind of strong surge you get an idea of what they go through during a typhoon. They are exposed to enormous water forces. The soft coral pump all water out of their body and reduce their size to 10% of what they are when they feed on plankton. Being so small the waves do not really get them and they can survive even very strong water movement without being broken off the rock they grow on.

This kind of surge creates some very limited visibility in shallow water but it was still ok at greater depth.

I think the high waves come from a typhoon in southern China, now located between the islands of Hainan and Taiwan. Having only mild wind here in Sogwipo this is another good example of waves traveling hundreds of miles across the ocean before they break in shallow water. You can see the typhoon on the satellite picture.

Safe diving

Ralf

 
     
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