Monday, March 16, 2009

Manado, Lembeh - Diving the Mawali Wreck

Site: Mawali shipwreck
Stats: 8.23am, 40 mins, 30.5m deep (Our deepest dive this trip!)
Critters: Nudibranches, couple of common fish, and some amazing buddies :-)

Here's us outside the entrance of the cargo hold, of the Mawali wreck, 30m deep!

Our dear friends ;-)
A bright coloured nudibranch!
A Japanese steel cargo ship from WWII was scuttled and sank in 1943. She now lies in 30 to 15 meters of water on her port side. The wreck is around 65 meters long and has heavy coral growth, a number of large lionfish lurk in suspension over the hulk. Spotted baramundi cod are seen along with the usual macro subjects including pipefish, nudibranchs and shrimps. Penetration is no longer recommended due to the heavily encrusted surfaces and instability of the structure. ... With the right amount of training (such as reasonable buoyancy, and keeping all your hoses tucked in), keeping calm, and having good buddies, penetratrion of this wreck is not a problem!

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