This week in Bunaken…. we’ve been experiencing a shark attack on almost all of our dive sites – no, don’t panic, we’re not talking something out of a Jaws film – all of our dive groups have been seeing loads of sharks during almost every dive they’ve had here this week. The most common sharks we’re seeing these days are the white tip reef sharks, but there are also a few black tip reef sharks mixed in there as well. We think the unusually cold thermoclines have been bringing the sharks closer into the shallow reefs.
A group of eight took advantage of the full day trip and went up to Mantehage Island to vista Barracuda Point I & II. There they saw more than a hundred big-eye jack fish making a fish tornado around them, as well as the biggest barracuda that our dive guide Ken has ever seen. The size was almost the same as a 15 litter scuba tank – needless to say, Ken was a little nervous. During the safety stop, on the top reef, the dive finished with a huge chromodoris minor (for us non-Latin majors it was a really big nudibranch).
In other news, Two Fish instructor Dion has been busy bringing newbies Frieda and Wimleje into the world of diving. Instructor Sandy brought Rebekka on her first dive with her PADI Discover Dive as well, and during their dive they had a very funny encounter with a green turtle.
Two Fish Divers has also been very active developing the next round of PADI professionals, as Hanna, a Finnish native living in Switzerland, started her three week Divemaster course last week. It’s her second time back with us on Bunaken and she choose to do all her studying at home and come back out here for all the practical parts. In addition, we have James (another repeater guest of many years) who is gearing up for his PADI Instructor Development Course with Course Director Marlies. He’s been in our pool practicing dive skills with Hanna and reviewing all his dive theory.
We’re excited to see what else all this cold water brings in for the next week! Stay tuned for more….