BA chart 3323
The reef was easily identifiable as we got closer we could see the reflection from the sun. The current seemed slightly to be outward bound. Anyway, we geared up and made our descent on the West side of the 10m depth curve. We landed in the middle of the 10m thila plateau. Our first encounter was with a big stingray that seemed annoyed by our presence as it started letting out loud clicking noises it made with it's gills, after a while it realized we are not fazed by his clicking so it decided to blow this pop stand and swam away.
We continued against the current in abt 15-20m depth and came to various pinnacles and caves, on the way we passed a Napoleon Wrasse. Fish was not so abundant as described but maybe it was because of the current, the swimming against the current was heavy and air consumption went up. Then we reached the NW corner of the reef and we drifted back south on the Western side.
Lone Indian bannerfish with Kashmir snappers
Here we also saw many small caves and plenty of vegetation and a few big overhangs but the caves below did not house any surprising life. Did not see anything special except a few prowling Jacks. Back on the SE corner of the thila we were effectively out of air and we saw a big turtle munching on grass it ripped off the reef. The turtle was not shy at all and let me take some good potshots. Then it was time to make our ascent.
When we surface I could see a sports fishing boat nearby that is maybe testimony why the fish was not so abundant anymore. A bit surprising as this thila is also defined as a protected nature area. Definitely a good dive but I think yesterdays Kuda Haa had more to offer or maybe we just dove at the wrong time...
Oriental sweetlips cowering under an overhang
Clark's anemonefish and Threespot dascyllus
Napoleon Maori wrasse in distance
Frontal shot of a bannerfish
Chocolate-dip chromis (?)
Maldive anemonefish and Threespot dascyllus
Saddled sharpnose puffer
Emperor fish veering away
Lots of small fish