Caesionidae, yellowback fusilier fishes

Diving at the Similan islands


When I start this album from our diving tours to the Similan islands I'd like to show my underwater photos captures with a simple FUJI FinePix F31fd pocket camera usually designed for lady handbags. Its an evidence that even with a small low-cost pocket photo camera you can shoot acceptable pictures underwater. The necessary UW housing also comes from FUJI and was a quite inexpensive equipment to…  (read more)

Our Saimai fixed on a mooring

23 Nov 2009 1 475
There are fixed mooring places with a buoy on the surface. so the boat must not anchor and damage the undersea coral reefs.

Heavy weather at Koh Similan

07 May 2009 2 1 635
Koh Similan is the largest island of this group of nine islands and Nr 8. As no one is allowed to live on the island, only temporary stays are permitted. However, spartan accommodation exists on Number 8, Koh Similan such as bungalow and tents.

A leopard shark at the morning dive

Harmless leopard shark

09 May 2009 1 2 625
Divers can come very close to this huge fish and shoot good pictures. This sort of shark does not have teeth just hard jawbones to crack shells and mussels.

Early morning capture

09 May 2009 1 565
Its the best change to capture Leopard Sharks during the early morning dive at 7.00 a.m. while they still are sleeping. This sort of fish aren't early risers.

Diving in the group

03 Dec 2010 1 357
Generally dive groups are not more than four divers, the instructor is diving in front, two are following and I'm shooting the picture. Diving alone is dangerous and against all rules.

Dive down fast, go up slow

03 Dec 2010 1 382
Dive down first to the deepest point then go up very slow as 10 meters in 2 minutes, thats the ideal diving profile.

Whitetip reef shark

07 May 2009 1 493
Reef sharks got very rare in Thai waters and at the Similan islands due the mass of diver tourists. This sort of sharks are very shy and swim away when we diver are coming. If you are lucky and patient to wait a few minutes, they will turn back and look to us. Although they are very shy they also are very curious.

A bigger whitecap reef shark

07 May 2009 1 543
Its quite difficult to capture sharks with a simple UW camera due their fast movements. This shark perhaps was as long as two meters. Fearless and curious, whitetip reef sharks may approach swimmers closely but are seldom aggressive unless provoked.

Watch the corals

22 Nov 2009 472
Corals crow up every where and its difficult sometime not to touch them by mistake. Unexpected streams can drift you towards corals and uncontrolled fin moves can destroy of damage parts of the beautiful fine corals or its sensible new grown up tops.

Dive partner

22 Nov 2009 432
Diving in a group is necessary and important for every bodies security. The dive partner always should swim in a short distance to the dive friend. If you loose your partner its a rule to wait one minute and the get slowly up to the surface.

Under water sea fan

23 Nov 2009 459
Most fish life can be watched at the coral reefs. The sea fan are found primarily in shallow waters, though some have been found at depths of several thousand feet.

The view from the ground

23 Nov 2009 410
After dive down to the ground the first view up to the surface. I can't stop watching the scenes over my head and would like to rest a while to soak up the underwater life.

Moray looks out the cave

23 Nov 2009 1 458
Most moray eels seldom leave their caves, but looking out whats happen. There also share one cave with other morays from other species.

Pterois known as Lionfish

24 Nov 2009 431
Pterois known as lion fish is a genus of venomous marine fish found mostly at the coral reef. The potency of their venom makes them excellent predators and dangerous to fishermen and divers. We divers do not come to close the beautiful colored fish can be observed in a safe distance.

Streaked Spinefoot fish in foreground

24 Nov 2009 514
A sort of a rabbitfish. Like all rabbitfish, it has venomous spines on the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. It is a herbivore, feeding mostly on algae in shallow coastal waters, brackish lagoons and rocky or coral reefs.

Fish swarm over soft corals

24 Nov 2009 394
The corals give a source of food for Millions of fish.

Streaked Spinefoot

24 Nov 2009 481
This rabbit fish often occurs in small schools of up to 10 individuals or so, in shallow coastal waters, brackish lagoons and rocky or coral reefs. Found resting in midwater at depths of 2 to 6 m when not feeding.

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