A thresher shark sighting has been the talk of the week here in Bunaken. Some extremely lucky divers have had the chance to observe this beautiful shark up close and personal as it passed by within arms reach. Though it was around for We are very pleased that our return guests Darren and Chris from the UK had a camera with them and were able to capture a very good shot!
Our dive guide Tian probably had the best chance to see the thresher shark as it passed him within arms reach, though it approached him from behind and he could not spot it until it was swimming away from him. There is video footage of this encounter however, and we are sure it will be something he will show his kids and grand kids in the future!
Besides spotting the thresher shark, a family of baby white tip reef sharks have been discovered on a local dive site and divers can see up to 5 babies. The dawn dive has been popular among certified divers this week where black tip reef sharks, barracudas and giant trevally were spotted.
An eagle ray made a swift appearance on Matthias’ open water diver course that our instructor Ilse has taught. She has also completed Jamie’s nitrox course and is currently looking after Moktharia from France and working to turn her into an open water diver as well.
Sam has taught Simon and Philip from Switzerland the open water diver course and though they were on the boat when the thresher shark was spotted, they were a little disappointed that they did not get too see it. However, they later reassured me that the 17 turtles the spotted on their final open water dive was also pretty awesome!
All in all, it was another epic week of diving over here in Bunaken, where we have beautiful coral walls that drop off beyond what the eyes can see, the waters are crystal clear and the turtles are taking off and landing on the wall like airplanes at a busy airport. It is truly awesome though when unexpected creatures pay us a visit!
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