A rare treat

A rare treat

Not so long ago we went diving at one of our favorite spots these days. As usual this dive lived up to its expectations! My buddy found us a rare treat: a Halimeda ghost pipefish (Solenostomus halimeda), a juvenile! Not long after we found two more; a couple floating around close to each other. The female was clearly distinguished by its size and modified pelvic fins. Although closely related to pipefishes and seahorses ghost pipefish females are the ones that carry the fertilized eggs in their brood pouch. Halimeda ghost pipefish are the smallest of all ghost pipefishes. They are named after the algae that they imitate so precisely. Apart from their resemblance to Halimeda algae these ghost pipefish can be recognized by their long snout (the head is almost as long as the body) and the long caudal peduncle.

Close encounter of the wonderful kind

My first post on this blog comes without picture.

It is a piece about one of my first dives ever in Bali!

It illustrates beautifully why diving in Bali has become an addiction.

Every dive here in Bali is fascinating to me, most of the times because I find something that I have never seen before!

This blog is meant to share these wonderful experiences with you!

I hope you will enjoy them, maybe even learn something about Bali’s spectacular marine life!!

 

“It is still early. The sun rises above the sea surface while we disappear under it. We are fully awakened by the water that seeps into our wetsuits. While descending we bump into five big Bumphead parrotfish, the largest species of its kind.

A couple of minutes later my buddy signs me that he has spotted a turtle. At least that is what I believe he tries to tell me. I think “nice” and approach him calmly. My fellow diver however gets more excited and urges me to hurry up, so I put some force into my kicks. A big grey mass appears, is shaped into the unmistakable silhouette of a Mola mola or Ocean Sunfish! My heart skips a beat. Slowly I move closer, hypnotised. The Mola does not seem to experience me as a threat. It looks like he is even as curious about me as I am about him. I am now hovering right next to him, looking him in the eye. He is big: I measure him by my own size: I fit completely into him with my 1, 67 meters. I swim around this majestic creature, fascinated by its size and shape.

Back at his head we stare each other in the eye one more time before he takes off, gliding through the water with what seems no effort at all!

The day after it already feels like a vague memory of a dream. A dream that has become reality! I will never forget this encounter with ‘my Mola’!”