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Thailand Aggressor Captain’s Log 24 - 31 July 2015
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 28c
* Visibility 25m
Cruise Director: Gabriel
Assistant Cruise Director: Clive
Dive master: Yusuf
Deck hand: Rong
Deck hand: Degam
Friday – 24th July 2015
Saturday-25th July 2015 Gapang Jetty, Overhang, Seulako west, Limbo Gapang,
Sunday – 26th July 2015 Peuntang, Canyon, Rubiah Sea garden, Loo Reef, Limbo Gapang.
Monday – 27th July 2015 Batee Tokong, Arus Palae, Seulako, Pendeden, Loo Reef.
Tuesday – 28th July 2015 Peuntang, Canyon, Seulako, Pulau Weh house Reef x2
Wednesday – 29th July Thai Wreck,Batee Merurone, Batee gla x2 Rubia Sea Garden
Thursday – 30th July Seulako, Volcano,
Friday 24th July
Our guests arrived around 17:30 so we got all passports sorted out, we set up the gear, completed the welcome briefing then everyone headed to bed.
Saturday 25th July 2015
Our first days diving started off with a splendid dive at the jetty where we were lucky to find a Robust Ghost pipe fish also a lot of bent stick pipefish, throughout the day we were very fortunate with our marine life and saw many species including a Blue spotted feather tailed stingray, on our sunset dive we saw so many Octopus with 2 of them in a full blown courtship display, On the night dive we hunted again for the pipe fish but alas we didn’t locate the secretive critter.
Sunday 26th July 2015
We decided on venturing round the West side of Pulau Weh island today for our first 2 dives, and what a great choice, we saw a huge Grouper come up from the deep to greet us this fish was approaching 2m long I’m sure in the past it must have been fed by divers as it just swam straight up to one of our guides most of our customers were fortunate to see this beautiful fish during the rest of the dives on the west we saw large schools of big eyed Jacks and a school of Yellowtail Barracuda were circling the dive site, For our afternoon dives we headed back to the sheltered east side in the search for the smaller creatures, Our customers all changed to macro lenses and off we went, we saw many Octopus and lots of mantis shrimps, We also found some very beautiful Nudibranchs and lots of Shrimps.
Monday 27th July 2015
Today we are diving on the east coast of Pulau Weh the viz was down to about 15m but we continued with our search for the great macro life and didn’t come back disappointed with a few very nice nudibranchs and many types of shrimp including the Emperor shrimp this was located on a large sea cucumber . We were also able to find a couple of Palate Surgeon fish and got some very nice pictures. We also found juvenile Sweetlips and juvenile Angel fish. Our night dive we did a dive site we did yesterday that produced some nice finds with Blue spotted stingray and many Morays including Honeycomb and Giant morays.
Tuesday 28th July 2015
We decided to head back round to West Pulau Weh for our first 2 dives there was a mild current that bought in many large schools of fish including a big school of Big eyed Jacks and a medium size school of Yellowtailed Barracuda. On the rest of our days diving we decided to go small critter hunting and with great success we found Harlequin Shrimps and also a rare type of Scorpion fish, on the night dive we observed a very large decorator Sponge crab.
Wednesday 29th July 2015
We began our day at a sunken Thai fishing Trawler as the last time we dived here we found a Black Giant Frogfish this time we found 3 2 Black ones and one red one the wreck is located at 30m and so we had a short first dive of the day but it was great for other finds also with many Batfish and some slate sweetlips, on our subsequent dives all along the east side we saw lots of bent stick pipefish and one of the guides found a Juvenile Palate surgeon fish, also found was Blue spotted Stingray well hidden beneath a rock, there are thousands of Red fanged trigger fish all along the reef.
Thursday 30th July 2015
As it was just approaching full moon we opted for an easy, east coast site where there is very mild current the sloping reef descends to about 28m and there is lots of sand patches to find small critters some of our guests saw a group of 3 Bent stick pipefish swaying in the current these critters make good subjects for our group of avid photographers, for our next dive we decided on diving the Volcano although dormant you can still see an impressive bubble garden coming from the sand, we saw Blue spotted stingray and also many garden eels. As we had had such fun with this group and most guests were staying aboard for our next trip we decided to do an extra dive we descended to the fantastic sea fan site of Batee Takong for some last minute Wide angle shots.
Friday 31st July 2015
Time to go everyone… We had a great week with some amazing guests and we hope to see you all soon again.