Day 8 - Daily Log - Damai II

 

Having fun on our tender with the Damai Boat crew © Jayne Jenkins

Daily log – Day 8 - DAMAI II

Date: 7 October 2018

Boat location(s): Tamuloo

Dive sites: Goa Keramat Cave, Jellyfish Lake, Three Sisters, Wag Mag Bay

Weather conditions: Sunny and smooth waves (0.1 – 0.5 m high)

General notes:

The team started the day early (6am!) as we were hoping to catch the best light at Jellyfish Lake. After a pretty rushed breakfast, we hopped into DAMAI II’s tenders and made our way to Goa Keramat. We passed by rows and rows of cultivated oysters from the pearl farms before entering the passage. With crystal clear waters and beautiful reef against the majestic limestone karst, this place is a paradise for water babies! It started to drizzle as we approach the cave. “Torches! Snorkels! Mask! Fins! Life vest!” The boat crew reminded us again as we disembarked from the tender. Yes, all of us took a life vest as a float for our cameras! The cave was a spectacular nature’s work of art – filled with interesting rock formations and bats. Renato was even trying his luck to find any signs of fish on his snorkel!

The stunning formations of Goa Keramat Cave © Jayne Jenkins

Finally a break from all the expedition members © Tracey Jennings

We hiked a short distance and found ourselves at the Jellyfish Lake. It was so tranquil. We hopped in and enjoyed our dip with the jellies. A closer look at the jellies revealed three different kinds – Spotted jellies, moon jellies and upside down jellies. The rest of the time was spent exploring the underwater scene of the hidden gem.

Reflections of the Spotted Jellies © Virginia Bria

A Spotted Jelly Cruising along the lake © Brett Lobwein

Finally, it was time to dive! We headed to Three Sisters, one of the top dive sites in Raja Ampat. The team experienced waves of cold and strong currents but yet had a fulfilling dive with sightings of whip corals, pygmy seahorses and an epaulette shark! Renato did his fish survey with Sam’s help. Sam was thrilled to find corals that she has not encountered in past dive sites.

Trumpets in the Sea  © Brett Lobwein

During surface interval, some of our team took a ride out to Wag Mag Beach to help Sarah-Jo with her microplastic assessment. Upon arrival, the team saw a lot of plastic water bottles labels and food packaging in the water. Four of the team (Brett, Jayne, Joshua and Sam) then spent the next hour picking up and sorting macro plastic debris including plastic PET bottles, flip flops, marine ropes, polystyrene and plastic bags. With only 8 hands, we retrieved 12 bags of trash, 113 flip flops and shoes in just 60 minutes! Meanwhile, Sarah-Jo did a quick microplastic survey halfway between low and high tide. Sieving the top 2 centimetres of the one-tenth of a metre quadrant, Sarah-Jo will then compare the data with the sea surface trawl.

The team ended the day with a night dive (both bonfire and blackwater).

This is all our loot, but there is so much more behind us :( © Jayne Jenkins

Plastic Debris on the Soft Corals © Tracey Jennings

Guess how many flip flops on just one small beach  © Jayne Jenkins

 

 

Daily log – DAMAI II

 

Date: 7 October 2018

 

Boat location(s): Tamuloo

 

Dive sites: Goa Keramat Cave, Jellyfish Lake, Three Sisters, Wag Mag Bay

 

Weather conditions: Sunny and smooth waves (0.1 – 0.5 m high)

 

General notes:

 

The team started the day early (6am!) as we were hoping to catch the best light at Jellyfish Lake. After a pretty rushed breakfast, we hopped into DAMAI II’s tenders and made our way to Goa Keramat. We passed by rows and rows of cultivated oysters from the pearl farms before entering the passage. With crystal clear waters and beautiful reef against the majestic limestone karst, this place is a paradise for water babies! It started to drizzle as we approach the cave. “Torches! Snorkels! Mask! Fins! Life vest!” The boat crew reminded us again as we disembarked from the tender. Yes, all of us took a life vest as a float for our cameras! The cave was a spectacular nature’s work of art – filled with interesting rock formations and bats. Renato was even trying his luck to find any signs of fish on his snorkel!

 

We hiked a short distance and found ourselves at the Jellyfish Lake. It was so tranquil. We hopped in and enjoyed our dip with the jellies. A closer look at the jellies revealed three different kinds – Spotted jellies, moon jellies and upside down jellies. The rest of the time was spent exploring the underwater scene of the hidden gem.

 

Finally, it was time to dive! We headed to Three Sisters, one of the top dive sites in Raja Ampat. The team experienced waves of cold and strong currents but yet had a fulfilling dive with sightings of whip corals, pygmy seahorses and an epaulette shark! Renato did his fish survey with Sam’s help. Sam was thrilled to find corals that she has not encountered in past dive sites.

 

During surface interval, some of our team took a ride out to Wag Mag Beach to help Sarah-Jo with her microplastic assessment. Upon arrival, the team saw a lot of plastic water bottles labels and food packaging in the water. Four of the team (Brett, Jayne, Joshua and Sam) then spent the next hour picking up and sorting macro plastic debris including plastic PET bottles, flip flops, marine ropes, polystyrene and plastic bags. With only 8 hands, we retrieved 12 bags of trash, 113 flip flops and shoes in just 60 minutes! Meanwhile, Sarah-Jo did a quick microplastic survey halfway between low and high tide. Sieving the top 2 centimetres of the one-tenth of a metre quadrant, Sarah-Jo will then compare the data with the sea surface trawl.

 

The team ended the day with a night dive (both bonfire and blackwater).