Dynamite fishing was banned in Sri Lanka over 100 years ago, but sadly in a few areas this is practiced illegally.
This is a very destructive form of fishing, killing and damaging a lot of marine life in the area close to where it is done. Plus a lot of the fish are not collected and hence a large qty is wasted.
In this video you can hear the explosions if you switch the volume on, and you can see the reaction of the divers. The explosion most likely is done more than 6 km’s away from the dive site. Maybe this could be a reason for the aggressive behavior of the puffer fish in my previous post. Please feel free to comment on this.
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.
The day starts off with a beautiful sunrise at Nilaveli Beach Hotel, looking at the beach and the beautiful ocean through the trees and the amazing atmosphere in this hotel.
Eshana is getting ready to start her adventure, she is a PADI Advance open water Diver now learning how to Navigate underwater. The PADI Under Water Navigation Specialty course is a really good way to learn and sharpen your underwater navigation skills.
Using the navigation skills we were able to find the turtles den and take some pictures with the friendly turtle at Pigeon Island Marine National Park in Nilaveli Sri Lanka.
Shark Scuba Diving Expedition
An amazing expedition to South Ari Atoll. So many types of Sharks, Manta and a huge variety of reef fish and rays.. Simply breathtaking under water sceneries. And the team completing the PADI Night Diver Specialty course with Nurse sharks.
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.