86 wonderful 1st year degree students at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, University of Ruhuna, began Snorkeling and Scuba Diving training.
The University of Ruhuna is a beautiful campus situated in Matara in the deep southern coast of Sri Lanka. It has over 8 Faculties and the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science is one of the best places to study Aquaculture, Oceanography and Marine Biology in Sri Lanka.
Very keen an enthusiastic students were so eager to learn Snorkeling and Scuba Diving and to explore the amazing underwater world.
Last week during Rachel’s Advance Open Water Diver course, we had an interesting encounter with a huge Puffer Fish. Just as all the divers descended to the reef this fish swims straight at all the divers and started to look very interested about the divers. Wonder what the divers looked like to this fish.
Within a few minutes the Puffer Fish started to get more curious and wanted to get a closer look at the divers. It looked very aggressive and tried to attack one of the divers. After the dive it was interesting to discuss whether the toxin in the puffer can harm divers during a dive, Whether all Puffer Fish have spines or is it only the Porcupine Fish family has spines.
Fortunately Rachel had her camera and filmed the Puffer Fish attacking the diver, which will be uploaded here in a few days.
Some times you wonder.. “can I really do this?”
Scuba Diving is easy, its fun.. and its for everyone! If you are willing to spend a little bit of time and energy to learn how to dive.. Diving is easy and fun!
Trincomalee season is just around the corner… So I am posting some memories from last year Trinco season..
One of the highlights of Trincomalee is that you can snorkel with black tip sharks. Most of the time when people talk about sharks it brings fear, and some would say, ” I don’t want to get in the water if there are sharks..”
But the reality is, Its pretty amazing to be able to snorkel with them.. They are very harmless to us and really not bothered. They just swim around as if we are not in the water.
Its really amazing to have these 2 to 3 meter long sharks swim around you and some times get so close as even 2 feet away from you. The video quality is not great.. but enjoy.
The S.S. Conch is a British Ship which sank in 1903. Its one of the nice dive sites found in Hikkaduwa. being over 100 years old the wreck is fairly broken and scattered but still has some parts intact standing several meters off the sea floor.
Most of the wreck is at around 10 to 14 meters of depth while the bow of the ship is at about 21 meters. This makes the dive a very interesting and easy dive having both a shallow and deep section.
Lots of butterfly fish, Angel fish , Sweet lips, and many Nudes can be seen, And sometimes the resident Maori Wrasse.
The site is about 20 mins comfortable boat ride from our dive center “Poseidon Diving Station”
Descending to the S.S. Conch
Propeller Shaft and parts of the engine
Propeller sits at on the sand bed at 21 metres
A Valve at the Bow
Blue ringed Angel fish