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Trigger Fish

By , 22 January, 2015, No Comment

The waters surrounding Koh Tao are home to countless species of fish, one of which is the Trigger Fish. Out of the 40+ species of Trigger Fish, the Titan Trigger Fish, the Yellow Margin Trigger Fish and the Pink Tailed Trigger Fish all claim these waters as home. During my Advanced Open Water Course, all the way through my DMT I was lucky enough to observe this fish through mating season when they live up to their infamous reputation of aggressively guarding their territory, through to their usual nonchalant chilled out selves.
During the last OW course I taught we observed a Titan Trigger fish feeding at one of our favorite dive sites, Twins. These fish use their fins to push sand away to get to worms and other prey. They also use their powerful teeth and jaws to eat the underside of a sea urchin that is softer and has no spines. These fish are infamous for their negative behavior yet show a higher intelligence than most other fish species as they have shown the ability to learn from previous mistakes.
by Fiona

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Discovering A New World

By , 14 December, 2014, No Comment

Whilst on Koh Tao if you want to experience the world aquatic the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is the perfect choice.

It takes just one afternoon to complete, firstly you will meet your instructor who will give you some diving knowledge that is

needed in order to go diving safely. You will then be shown the equipment and how it all works, before being taken in to shallow

water usually or pool. Here you will be taught some skills that will ensure you are safe and more confident to complete the dive.

Once you are comfortable with the underwater skills you will be taken on a shallow dive around the beautiful coral reefs of Koh Tao.

During the whole program you will be under close supervision from an experienced instructor who will show you the wonders of

the underwater world.

After the first dive you get the chance to do a second dive on a new dive site. Once you’ve had a taste for diving, you can’t wait to

jump back in the water!

 

Having completed the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program you may find you would like to continue diving. The next step would be

to take the PADI Open Water course. You can earn credit towards the Open Water and we’ll give you a discount having completed the

Discover Scuba Diving with us!

 

So come and Discover Scuba Diving with us at DJL Diving.

 

by Mike

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Become a diving professional with DJL on Koh Tao

By , 11 December, 2014, No Comment

After another 100% success rate in the PADI instructor exams it is easy to see why DJL is your number one choice for professional level diver courses. Our world famous Divemaster training program continues to go from strength to strength and is now under the direct supervision of veteran DJL Master Instructor Emil. With four world class Course Directors, Pete, Guy, Patrick and Ildo, backed up by their team of multilingual staff instructors we offer the PADI instructor development course in a wide range of languages and offer all levels of PADI instructor training. After your instructor course in complete, master your training skills, by gaining experience working alongside DJL’s team of knowledgeable instructors with our MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) internship. Beyond that you can gain the prestigious Staff Instructor rating working alongside our CDs assisting with an actual instructor course.
Should the technical instructor route take your fancy, DJT Tec can train you to become an instructor in all aspects of tech diving, including trimix, reabreather, full cave and advanced wreck.
Add to your CV with DJLs range of speciality training including gas blending, compressor operator, service technician, deep, wreck, and nitrox.
Perhaps you are interested in a career in underwater videographer. Working alongside our partners at Koh Tao Pro video we can provide all the training you need to film and edit professional quality underwater videos.
Why throw away years of your life and money studying for a job you are not interested in. Take the first step towards the career you really want and start training to be a professional scuba diver today with DJL.

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Become a dive professional at Davy Jones Locker

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Harliquin sweet lips

By , 8 December, 2014, No Comment

The harlequin sweet lips is a fish common to the dive sites of Koh Tao. It is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. It is a denizen of coral reefs found at depths of from 1 to 30 m (3.3 to 98.4 ft). It can reach 72 cm (28 in) in TL. The heaviest known individual weighed 7 kg (15 lb). This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and but can be found in the aquarium trade.

 

Juveniles are brown with large white blotches and mimic the movement of a poisonous flatworm for defence against predators. As they grow older their brown spots change to black then yellow and black when they are fully grown.

 

These fishes have also been called Grunter Breams, Grunts, Rubberlips and Velvetchins. Fish ID is an adventure dive you can go at Davy Jones Locker which can be included in your Padi Advanced Open Water course.

 

by Sophie

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Beautiful Parrot fish

By , 4 December, 2014, No Comment

When diving around the beautiful coral reef surrounding Koh Tao you will frequently come across parrot fish which you may hear before you see.

Not only are these fish beautiful with every colour of the rainbow but they are also very important to the survival of our reef. The grinding noise you will frequently hear while diving is most likely originating from the gnawing from parrot fish feeding off algae covering the coral. They are especially adapted to this task with their numerous teeth tightly packed which continuously grow as they are worn down. The result of which gives them a beak-like appearance, the reason for their name – Parrot fish.

By feeding on algae growing on the coral they are integral in managing the spread of algae, preventing it from choking the coral. Other rocky substrates they feed on are also ground down, digested and excreted as sand. This has helped to create beaches of many tropical islands as one parrot fish can produce up to 90kg of sand every year!

So next time you’re lying on a tropical beach in paradise just take a moment to think about the journey that sand has been on!

 

by Louisa

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