Weblog written and pictures offered by Warda van der Meer
We all know extra concerning the floor of the moon than concerning the ocean’s flooring. Over 80% of the earth’s oceans are nonetheless unexplored, unmapped or even unseen by people. Whereas submarines at the moment are exploring 11km (6.eight miles) deep within the Mariana Trench within the western Pacific Ocean, there are additionally loads of shallow areas in coastal waters that haven't been visited but.
Is it simply me or are you too, curious to what's hiding beneath the floor of the water whenever you look down from a aircraft window, move that bridge in your strategy to work, or stroll alongside the seashore of your favourite vacation vacation spot?
Earlier than beginning our PADI Dive Resort on the energetic island of Langkawi in Malaysia, we have been informed that there are coral-reefs within the space. We have been informed that there are coral-reefs within the space, not simply within the protected Marine Park Payar, but in addition on the 99 small islands that type this archipelago. The tales about these reefs piqued our curiosity however since there have been no different dive facilities within the space to ask, we needed to go uncover them our self.
Satellite tv for pc pictures of the world didn't provide you with many indicators however conversations with native fishermen did. We have been pointed in a basic course and with a gaggle of courageous divers, we dropped down at random factors across the space. Not figuring out how deep it was going to be or what was going to be down there, we did numerous mini dives within the unknown. Armed with cameras, compasses and slates for notes and drawings, we found the place we might convey potential clients.
Now seven years and six dive-sites later, we not solely have a superb map of every of the dive-sites, we all know what’s the perfect path to take, the place to not go together with robust currents and even the place to search for hidden marine life that decision these reefs house. We will acknowledge one of the best places to search for seahorses, pipefish and frogfish.
Through the years we have now skin-dived across the many islands of Langkawi, in search of indicators of life and we just lately discovered a promising location. The water is clear and there's a slight present. We roll off the boat, word of our compass-heading, take an image of our landmarks for our level of descent and begin to descend.
Ultimately we attain the underside at 5 meters (16.four ft) and provides every different the ok-signal. Wanting round, we see lovely corals scattered with small reef fish. We determine to dive deeper within the path away from the island. It’s right here we discover mushy corals all over the place – it’s a forest of white rusty gorgonians with smaller orange and pink fan corals in between. We cease right here and there to take footage of the honeycomb moray eels, nudibranch and even a seahorse.
Slowly we make our means right down to 10 meters (32 ft) depth. Now the corals get much less dense and the rocks sink under the sandy backside. Simply as we're signalling to one another that that is the edge of the reef and we should always flip again, we spot a massive and fast-swimming Cobia.
The remainder of the hour, navigating again to the shallows, I make a psychological notice of the situation and depth of a ghost internet that we'll come again to take away with our workforce. Taking some extra footage and notes of the underside composition at totally different depths, compass headings and currents, we attain our security cease. Our ordinary three minute security cease turns into 10 minutes as we discover a juvenile pufferfish hanging out and a shiny purple frogfish posing for our cameras. We couldn’t have wished for a greater conclusion to this sudden exploration dive.
I come up to the floor with an enormous smile on my face, enthusiastic about this profitable exploration dive. I ask our captain to recollect the place he dropped us, for subsequent time. My buddy and I talk about what we should always identify the brand new dive website. We each comply with not use our personal names and ultimately we choose Tanjung Beras Laut which interprets to Sea-Rice Level. I’m so excited to start out drawing a dive website map and to inform my enterprise associate, and the world, that we now have a brand new dive website in Langkawi so as to add to our record!