First bottle release of the new year, so I went somewhere exotic.
Released this msg in the Adaman Sea off the coast of
Myanmar. Kate and I took a dive trip to Myanmar for a few days on a liveaboard
|Clearing Customs into Myanmar. Thai whiskey only cost $3 US, you get what you pay for|
We left from the city of Ranong did Visa processing just over the border,
then went into Myanmar for the trip.
|I really was working when I was down there!|
It was kind of cool because we went to a number of places
where very few people have been diving. Kate wanted to get a survey of the dive
industry for her work. Right now there is just one resort that offers diving on
McCloud Island and then 4 or 5 liveaboards that go from Thailand.
The diving was good,
but I am very spoiled by PNG. It wasn’t quite as a diverse as the reefs were there, and
visibility was a lot less. Lots of fish
and the coral was fairly healthy, but there isn’t a lot of hard coral.
The fishing pressure is high and is growing. We were almost always within sight of a boat or
two, and saw nets and line all over the reef, as well as two giant fish traps.
They make traps that are like a small hut 12fft x 5ft x 5ft. The two we saw
underwater were old broken ones that were no longer in operation, but its kind
of funky that they are so big. We saw 4 guys building one on a boat at night
one night, but they were gone by the time it got light, so we didn’t see them
put it into use. Much of the area we were in was supposed to be a park, but it
wasn’t being enforced.
|A giant fishtrap can also catch a jackass|
Dive boat, Aladdin Divers, was funky. On of the divemasters described it as the "last hippy boat" it was funky and party like, but also very dirty. I'm not sure if I would have made it as a hippy, I'm too worried about getting sick from unwashed hands on my food and general lack of hygiene .
Highlight of the diving were two dives where we watched cuttlefish mating. They were at it for hours and we saw them on one dive, then came back two hours and they were still going.
Kate took a couple of videos but this is by far the best one. These cuttlefish are mating and this other little fish who is battling the current comes by, but can't quite make any progress...:
Funny and Cool Video Here
It was all European
people, we were the only two native English speakers, but since English was the
only common language almost everybody spoke it fluently so it was easy for us
to get around, and communicate with the staff Germans, the crew Thai, the other
customers German, Dutch, French, Swiss, Austrian.
We had a few more days in Thailand, Ranong and then Bangkok
before I head to London for work and Kate goes off to Myanmar for field work.
Truth: Each year is different.