Saturday, January 3, 2015

Diving Amed: Jemeluk Wall and Amed Pyramids

Our second day of diving in Amed was not quite as great as the first as far as visibility goes (it rained the previous afternoon), but we still saw a ton of stuff (and cemented the hunch I had that neither Tim nor I is capable of taking non-blurry video of a nudibranch).

Our first dive was the Jemeluk Wall, with a bit of a current. Video highlights include:

- heading out on the jukung again (this time we were two jukungs' worth of divers... each jukung fits max 4 people including the captain)
- a school of fish (who our dive guide said were "jawfish" due to their open-mouth plankton feeding, but my online research says jawfish are little sand-dwelling guys?) at 0:12... they show up again at 0:44
- pretty purple tube-y things... I'm sure they have a technical name, but I'll go with pretty purple tubes
- lionfish at 0:45
- cool blue nudibranch at 1:01
- scorpionfish (sneaky, blending in) at 1:11
- cool leaf scorpionfish at 1:19!

Second dive of the day = Amed Pyramids, a series of concrete pyramids installed offshore by the local community in the '90s to serve as the basis for a rejuvenated reef. They're pretty well covered in different corals and are currently serving as a hideout for all sorts of fish.  The visibility was crap- we actually lost our divemaster for a hot second at one point- and the current was pretty strong. But despite that, Tim managed to take some awesome video of the fish swimming into said current.

Video highlights:

- heading down!
- a couple two-tone dartfishes at 0:54
- lots of little colorful fish hanging out in the current, anthias and such
- the pyramids begin at 2:32, surrounded by tons of fish, including what I think is a school of yellow, 5-lined snapper at 2:48
- at 3:26, what I think is a midnight snapper and a couple horn-less unicornfish?
- anemone fish at 3:46
- moray eel snapping his mouth shut at 4:00
- another leaf scorpionfish hanging out inside the pyramid... this time the pink/red variety: 4:25
- a starfish and a cool black and green striped nudibranch with orange accents at 4:45
- granulated sea star at 6:16
- another nudibranch at 6:52
- a cool juvenile many-spotted sweetlips fluttering around on the reef at 7:12
- goatfish at 7:21- check out his little chin barbs digging in the sand
- some sort of filefish, maybe, at 7:41

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