- Created: Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:43
A massive coral garden © Emry Oxford
Daily log – Day 5 - DAMAI II
Date: 4 October 2018
Boat location(s): Raja Ampat
Dive sites: Magic Mountain, Tank Rock, Boo Windows, Yilliet (Bonfire)
Weather conditions: Sunny and smooth waves (0.1 – 0.5 m high)
“We’ve got 42 hours of surface interval!” exclaimed Brett at the breakfast table. As we spent the previous day travelling from Manuk, everyone cannot wait to hit the waters and start diving. As DAMAI II slowly come to a halt, we find ourselves surrounded by several majestic islands. We have finally arrived in Raja Ampat.
It was the first time that everybody was punctual for our dive briefing at the deck. Magic mountain lived up to its name! The team was greeted with manta rays, wobbegongs (even free-swimming ones), napoleon wrasses and a spectacular school of baitfish!
Just cruising. © Emry Oxford
Tank rock and Boo Windows did not disappoint as well. With lush soft corals (especially those big sea fans) and schooling fish, the dive sites served as stunning backdrops for our photographers. Scientists Renato and Sam (with the help of Joshua, Virginia and Renee) did their respective fish and coral surveys for both sites. The surveys were challenging due to surge and currents but the team managed to complete the tasks. Sarah-Jo and Brett conducted their second plastic trawl. Good news! No microplastic was recovered in the sieved sample. The team planned to do more trawls as we get closer to civilisation.
Renato swarmed with baitfish! © Emry Oxford
We ended off the day with a bonfire dive at Yilliet. This was a first experience for many of us and we were so intrigued by those drifters!
With flat seas and no more crossing, team DAMAI can finally have a good and undisturbed sleep.
Blackwater ghost pipefish © Sabrina Inderbitzi