Sea turtle - School’s started and I’m back to being busy again. I realise though, that I didn’t complete uploading all the wonderful pictures of my diving trip.
So here, I would like to share with you the gems of my trip, getting really up close and personal with a green sea turtle in the wild. They’re such beauties underwater.
Rise - I was pretty disappointed to find out that the sun sets behind the island. Meaning to say that there was no way I was going to be able to take a picture of the sunset on Dayang unless I took a boat and made my way around the island.
However, I never took notice of how the sun rises on the island. And to my delight, I saw this view while we were on the boat just as we were just about to leave for our first dive for the second day.
Knowing that the sunrise wasn’t gonna last long, I took as many panoramic shots at different exposures as well as I could and hoped that they’ll turn out perfect for this HDR Panorama.
Underwater Cities - Coral formations look squishy, but they are really hard as rock. A clumsy diver will be bound to bump and break beautiful coral like those pictured here, but once he or she attains “peak performance buoyancy” i.e. the ability to control his or her buoyancy, avoiding colliding head on into coral with a breeze. This is achieved by controlling how we breathe in and out, and also inflating/deflating a vest which is connected to our source of air.
Fishes have an in-built buoyancy control device, which is called a swim bladder. You don’t see fishes crashing into coral do you? However, fishes with a defected swim bladder face the same problem as us humans - the inability to control buoyancy properly.
Recalling my first few dives in Tioman and Dayang, I was like a bull in a china shop, constantly bumping into corals, I even got cut a few times because of my clumsiness.
Christmas Tree Worms - As you can see here, are aptly named because of their “gills” that spiral in such a way that it resembles the tree. They come in so many colours too!