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Lionfish the dangerous beauty

By , 15 April, 2014, No Comment

Petrois Volitans also known as the lionfish. The lionfish can live to around 16 years in the wild and lionfish often live longer if looked after well in captivity. There are around 8 different recognised species of lionfish that are found in the Pacific Ocean. The lionfish is natively found in coastal waters around rocky crevices and coral reefs where there are lots of smaller fish for the lionfish to eat and also places for the lionfish to hide.

Here on Koh Tao it is rare to find lionfish but there are a few places where you can see one or two of them such as the dive site junkyard an artificial reef just off the beach at Mae head, at the back of the site there is a table tipped over on its side with 3 benches around it here inside the table stand a baby lion fish stays and is almost always there either sleeping or just resting.

The largest of lionfish can grow to about 15 inches in length, but the average is closer to 1 foot. Lionfish prey on a wide variety of small fish and crustaceans that inhabit the tropical reefs. The lionfish is prey to few predators due to the large size of the lionfish and also the fact that the appearance of the lionfish is very intimating to other animals. The spikes that protrude from the body of the lionfish contain venom that the lionfish uses to defend itself if it is being pursued.

The lionfish although dangerous is a beautiful creature and is not inherently aggressive towards humans, this allows us to view it without much worry and admire just how stunning the lionfish really is. So come to Koh Tao request junkyard for your dive and go see the lionfish in all its glory

Nick Kelly

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DJL Do Just Laugh – A Guide to Davy Jones Locker

By , 15 April, 2014, No Comment

So you arrive on Koh Tao a little  worse for wear,

Tired and with glow paint still in your hair,

What to do when the party has ended,

divings the answer until you have mended

 

Davy Jones Locker, just along Sairee Beach

might just be the destination you need to reach

Passionate Instructors who know a thing or two

about diving Koh Tao and where’s best for balloons!

They’ll make sure your appetite for the water is hearty

And when the pools free – let’s have a party!

 

Chris and Jo, our annointed king and queen

more dives under their belt than you could possibly dream,

Schmike, Ed and Dave, are famous for Tec

Give them a bell and they’ll show you a wreck

Pete’s not just a top instructor, he’s great on the bass,

Emil will spread laughter all over your face

Hussell the duo will improve your dive manner

In case you were wondering that’s Russell and Hannah

Nat might be small but her personalities not,

Try diving with Felix the brave hearted Scot.

Linco the Aussie with Straya laid back ways

Mike the strong silent type will have you diving for days

Lizzie and Anne will teach you with grace and a smile

Heather will help you overcome every underwater trial

If your look for Robert he’ll answer C’est moi”

And his diving will teach you that “je ne sais quoi”

Then there’s the newbies, Nick, Alex Ollie James Jack Sophie and I,

With anyone of us you’ll never want to be dry

But I’m already certified I just want to dive!

Then Karen and Chris will be your tour guide

 

 

It would be unjust for me to talk about our DJL

without a nod to the other staff who keep us oiled so well

As you walk through the entrance as intrepid explorers

Yu Thien will greet you and sort out your quarters

Sam is the bar keep, and still a DMT

I’m pretty sure he’s been doing it since 2003

Spud the ideas man listen and he’ll teach ya,

Very good luck though if you attempt all his pizza!

No night is complete with  Natso Oop and Ta

Just seeing their faces makes you go to the bar

 

So when your course is finished, come back for more,

with Davy Jones Locker you’ll never be bored!

 

by Chris NuttalDJL CDC

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Springtime… When a man’s fancy turns to love.

By , 6 April, 2014, No Comment

Titan Trigger FishThe same can be said for some of the marine life we see here while diving on Koh Tao.  For example, it’s just becoming triggerfish mating season here and we now see them digging pits to lay their eggs in.

Other fish are becoming amorous as well nowadays.  And in some crazy ways:

Anenomefish are initially all males when they are young.  The largest of them becomes the dominant female and mates with the males.  Should something happen to her, the dominant male will switch genders and become the dominant female!

Nudibranch get frisky as well.  However, they move so slowly that sometimes finding a partner can be a challenge.  Fortunately for them, they are all hermaphrodites, so everybody has both male and female genitalia.  So, should any two happen to meet, it’s time to get it on.

 

Even the coral get into the action.  They can’t move of course, so instead of finding a partner, they time their spawning with the cycle of the moon, so that everybody ejects their sperm and eggs into the water at the same time.  Ah, romance.

 

As for the mating behaviors of the humans on the island, I have no comment.  I’ll leave you to discover that on your own.

 

-Pete

 

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Fraggle Rock

By , 3 April, 2014, No Comment

 

Koh Tao has some picture perfect view points, but my favourite has to be Sun Set Rock (fraggle rock).

The walk up is great, gets your heart pumping and the view is great!! There is a small climb so make sure you wear good footwear. When you get to the top it really does take your breath away, feel like your on top of the world.

You can see out accross Sariee beach and out to sea, Koh Nangyuan is visable too.

The best time to go is around 5pm so you can get up there for sun set (don’t forget your camera), the walk normally takes around 45minuites. If you want to go the easy way by bike, becareful as the road is steep and sandy in areas.

 

sunset view

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Ang Thong National Park Expedition

By , 31 March, 2014, No Comment

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We just returned from a great cave diving expedition to Ang Thong National Park in the Gulf ofThailand. The aim was to locate the cave that feed the saltwater lagoon on Koh Thali Nai, this saltwater lagoon is in the center of the island and surrounded by sheer cliffs. The lagoon is a saltwater cenote and fed by an underground cave to the sea.

 We found this map by some French cave explorers locating the entrance on the eastern side of the island. The main problem would

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be locating the cave and predicting the flow in the cave, as at sometimes the cave would turn into a syphon, pushing you into the cave making it difficult or impossible to exit if the cave is impassable. Syphonic conditions are also dangerous as you need more gas to exit and sediment stirred up will washed into the cave with you.

We quickly located the seaward side entrance not far from the beach, with a high flow running out of the cave just one hour before low tide, as the lake was emptying into the sea. The cave was wide nearly 5 metres across but only 70 cm high making sidemount diving the only choice. After a primary tie off on the surface we descended to the entrance. With 3-4 knots current flowing out of the cave, it was impossible to swim against. Tim Lawrence and Myself had to push and pull ourselves along through the restriction. Each metre of penetration was hard work wriggling through the restrictions and pulling against the current. Fish and rocks came hurtling past, and any sand we disturbed was quickly swept away.
After 20 minutes of struggling against the current we decided to exit, and return the next day at a different state of tide.

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On the following day we dived three hours after high tide, hoping that this would be the slackest time to dive. Flow out of the cave

however was not reduced; we managed to lay around 50 metres of new cave line into the cave and must have been close to the exit but again were turned around by the current. We walked over to the lakeward side and quickly located the entrance by following the flow out of the lake.

In the picture below the yellow line shows the cave running through the Island10168741_10153988998665182_402425546_o

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