I was asked to come and help on a liveaboard in the Maldives for a few months because the current cruise directors had to disembark with a medical emergency. The head office in England indicated that I should not only take over their work, but asked me to examine the organization on site and improve it where possible. What a super challenge and all that on a dive ship in the Maldives, well as if I would say no to that, haha. And so I flew at short notice to Male from Egypt on my way to a new adventure and then boarded via domestic flights deep in the south of the Maldives.
Real friends hold hands?
My big sister who doesn't dive gave me the tip to watch the movie 'Octopus my teacher' and I did that a few days ago. What an insane documentary about a biologist who snorkels every day for almost a year in the same large underwater kelp forest. In doing so, he follows the doings of an octopus, from hunting and foraging, to a shark attack, mating and having babies until her last hours. It's unbelievable how much patience this biologist has and the amazing shots he manages to make of all the important moments in the life of this eight-armed lady. Now I regularly see octopus underwater and when watching the documentary I thought back to Chrissie and Mel and their octopus adventure. The ladies had traveled to the Maldives to see mantas and so they came to me on the liveaboard. That week it was Manta heaven underwater and that started on the third dive day, although the ladies had more eyes for something else.
The jumping Sand Mystery
Now I do quite a few dives as a guide and I sometimes see things that I'm not quite sure whether I really saw that or whether nitrogen was playing tricks there. And so I ask others if they've seen it too, hoping it wasn't a nitrogen hallucination. This was also the case at the beginning of my career as a guide, when I thought I saw the sand moving.
Magical is what they are. Dancing elegantly on top of a manta cleaning station. Seeking contact with each other and us. They are a delight to encounter and I cannot seem to get enough of them.
WALKING SHARK ;-)
Isn't that funny, a shark that walks with its pectoral fins. As I travelled with SY Indo Siren through Raja Ampat Indonesia we encountered quite a few of these sharks. They are not very big, maybe running up to 80cm. And in general seen at night. Have a look at this: Hugs and Bubbles, Anke … Continue reading WALKING SHARK 😉
As we travelled through Raja Ampat this last week we had an amazing dive with 5 Oceanic Mantas. Check out the video.
THINGS WE LOVE @ INDO SIREN
New adventures in a new place, or at least new for me 😉 Here a movie of the my first trip on SY Indo Siren Indonesia. What great divng and the life aroud here is just amazing... Special thanks to Von for het videoclips and Beth Watson for the header image. Love life, blow bubbles... … Continue reading THINGS WE LOVE @ INDO SIREN
PROJECT SHARK, SIMPLY THE BEST
For my second week on MV Blue Horizon we travelled to Brother, Daedalus and Elphinstone. Simply the best reef dives of the red sea.
STING RAY & HUNTING OCTOPUS AT NIGHT
HUNTING OCTOPUS @ NIGHT
Check out how she changes colors and textures in the video...