Diving with Thresher Sharks!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Central Visayas,
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Malapascua's main attraction is diving with Thresher Sharks. The sharks apparently come to this dive site called Monad, which is their "cleaning station". From what I gather, these sharks come to Monad to get their fins and gills cleaned by some particular fish that live there. Interesting!

Monad is only a short boat ride away but the dive starts at 5am, which meant we rolled out of bed at 4:30am and walked to the shore in a complete darkness!! We were all half asleep walking to the boats.
During our dive, we saw 4-5 sharks but the visibility was not great and we saw blurry shadows in the distance. I couldn't get a clear visual of one, unfortunately. So I am attaching a picture of what a Thrasher Shark looks like, courtesy of Google ;-)

On our second dive, we headed to a dive site called Bagton Bato which is a pinnacle of coral formation. It was quite amazing, although the stunning colors or the scale of the reef didn't compare to Apo Island. We saw fire sea urchins, which is a round disk-like creature about 7-10 inches in diameter. It has bright purple tentacles on the outside but moves around its hundreds of yellow tentacles on the bottom to shuffle about the surface. Crazy looking creature! On one of these urchins, we saw 2 zebra crabs hiding in its tentacles - and they are exactly that. Crabs that have a zebra print!! Was so cool!!
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