Dive No. 821 - Night Dive at Little Munsom
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2003/06/09 17:36  
  ȸ : 3364  
     
  Dive No. 821 - Sat. June 7th 2003 - Night Dive - Little Munsom - Time in: 20:45 - Visibility 10-15 meters

This was the night dive of an on going Advanced Scuba Diver course with Oxanna, Carlos, Adrienne and Lou. The water was totally calm, no waves, no current, ideal conditions for a night dive.

For the first time on a night dive I saw so many schooling fish, mostly Cardinalfish, Damselfish and juvenile Horse Mackerel. In the clear water they reflect the light of my dive lamp moving quickly through the dark.

At 10m depth we found a large octopus (60 cm span) crawling over the bottom of the sea and changing its colour very fast. Was it expressing fear or curiosity? Or was it just surprised to see these huge monsters with their flashlights moving through the night?

At 14m there was a 50cm flunder lying on the ground with an old wound from a bite at its left side. The wound had just the shape of a mouth of a bigger fish. This fellow must have had quite a scary encounter.

The soft coral were fully opened as they always are during the night displaying their bright colours of purple and orange in the dark water. I approached some sleeping Rabbit fish and Box fish so closely that they were just right in front of my mask. They keep moving their fins but as they don`t swim away you can tell that they sleep. No way to get that close to them and see them so much in detail on a day dive.

I saw crabs, big sea urchins with their long blueish black spines and sea cucumbers. Whenever I point my dive light up to the surface I see all the plankton swiming and drifting through the cone of light and suddenly I am sure that I have seen what is a secret to most others: the origin of life in the ocean.

On the way back there were some catfish eels between the rocks. We often see the juveniles swiming around in a small school which has the shape of a ball but the adults seem to be active mostly by night.

Back on the surface Carlos said that from now on we should do that every night. I wish we could. For many hours I feel calm and relieved... ... night dives are magic.

Safe and enjoyable dives

Ralf
 
     
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