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
Amazing fish life and corals
Snorkeling is for everyone… even if you cant swim.. It is safe and so exciting!
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.
Surprise visitor at Poseidon Diving Station Hikkaduwa
Eshana starting her PADI Junior Advance Open Water Diver course and Dhanika starting the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course.
Rahul Dravid with Chami, Nuwan Devsiri Eshana and Dhanika