I dedicate this post to Nemo…
When I took up diving a few years ago, I couldn’t imagine reaching 100 dives, let alone anything beyond that. I remember my 50th dive, at a site called Raz Gazlani in the Ras Mohammed Marine Park, Sharm Al Sheik. Nick Brown from Oona’s Dive Club captured this nice image.
Since then I have steadily clocked up my dive log, more recently guided to the best places by Dirk at Diversion Travel. During during a recent dive holiday onboard the Indonesian liveaboard Amira, I logged my 400th dive. It was a muck dive, which essentially is looking for weird and wonderful creatures in the sand and rubble.
Rhino City, Ambon
The dive site for number 400 was called Rhino City in Ambon, Indonesia, which is famous for its world class muck diving and delighting divers with less common species such as flamboyant cuttle fish, ornate ghost pipe fish, frog fish and scorpion fish. The site name, Rhino City, is named after Rhinopias, the scientific name for some rarer species of scorpion fish, in particular the lacy scorpion fish. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures from the dive speak for themselves…
Here we go….
This image of the orange variety was taken in Lembeh Straights. A bonus in this picture are the Banggai cardinal fish, which are only found in this small area of Indonesia.
This is one of the rarer species – native to the Andaman Islands- a deep tomato red with yellow stripes. I cant find the scientific name – sorry! Boffins reading can chip in and let me know!
Saddle back anemone fish – Amphiprion polymnus. Solomon islands:
Orange-finned anenomefish – Amphiprion chrysopterus. Solomon Islands:
Tomato anenomefish – Amphiprion frenatus. Solomon Islands.
Spinecheek anenomefish – Amphiprion biaculeatus. Solomon Islands.
A temporarily homeless pink anenomefish – Amphiprion perideraion. This species moves the fastest and is extremely difficult to photograph! Solomon Islands.
I could spend a whole dive interacting with clown fish. They really are facinating to watch as they dance in and out, with the brave few coming right up to your mask. Of course, however, there are far more fish in the sea to look at too but I do feel clown fish are special – simply because they are always there. For non-divers, you can still enjoy watching clown fish as they are very common in the shallows of reefs, which are accessible to all that can snorkle so anyone can look for Nemo.
It is quite ironic that for my 400th dive, I was hoping to see some of the rarer fish that lurk beneath the waves, yet have been inspired to tell you more about the most common. Hope you have enjoyed reading this as much I have being inspired to write it.