Category Archives: Scuba Diving
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.
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”
Scuba Diving to Sky Diving with Devsiri
For the first time in South Asia.. you can now experience Sky Diving in Sri Lanka. From 17th to 20th November 2016 in Koggala.
- Jump off a plane flying at 12,000 feet
- Free fall at a speed of 193 Kmph for 10,000 feet
- 5 to 8 minutes fall with Parachute
- No experience required since it will be a tandem jump with a qualified Instructor
- Navigation and steering of Parachute back to landing point by instructor
- Will receive a valuable certificate of completion
- The Adrenalin rush and amazing experience of Accelerated Free Fall
- After you experience this, you will not be the same again.
- See Sri Lanka from a different angle.
This event is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
Please mail me on email@example.com for reservations, limited spots available !
Dinali , Charith and Sabrina geared up for their first dive to explore the underwater world.
Sabrina getting some help with her fins from her two buddies as well as from Nuwan (DMT)
Dinali taking her first breaths under water, surrounded by lots of fish.
Charith and Dinali
Sabrina getting comfortable underwater with all the Jacks swimming around her
At the end of a lovely day of diving… just within a few hours.. saw so much fish and corals.. Try scuba diving to venture into the under water world.
The Parrot fish family (Scaridae) has approx 95 species of fish, apart from their amazing colors and beauty they are also quite interesting fish. they mostly bite on coral and have a parrots beak like mouth which is how they get their name. This particular Parrot fish in the video below is about 3 feet long. They are mostly considered as herbivores but may not necessarily be vegetarian.
Something very interesting about these Parrot fish are that they make a cocoon from their mucus. Its like a balloon or a sleeping bag they create generally at night for them to sleep inside. This cocoon may be for the purpose of protecting them selves by hiding their scent from predators. It could also be kind of like a mosquito net to keep the parasites off their body. Maybe even like a warning system from potential predators like moray eels, when the cocoon bursts the fish would flee.
For those of you interested in Night Diving, this is some thing to look for, mostly these parrot fish would be in their bubble or cocoon at night.