Diving in Pulau Weh

Diving in Pulau Weh over the past 10 days has been exciting and interesting.  Even just on the shore dive to the house reef we saw more species of fish than we’d seen all through  Malaysia.  At some of the deeper dive sites we spotted sharks, turtles and devil rays.  There are also countless species of moray eel here, sometimes even two different eels will inhabit the same hole.  The current here is often very strong and sometimes difficult to dive in but it’s worth the effort to see some amazing animals.

The honeycomb moray is one of the more attractive species of moray eel.  It can grow up to 5 feet long and has a beautiful skin pattern that continues inside its mouth.

Yellow margin moray eel observing us from his hole.  These eels can grow up to 5 feet long and, as with all moray, can be seen swimming around at night while hunting.

This Giant trevally was about 4 feet long, notice the yellow fin and head of the diver behind him.

The Banded sea snake is highly venemous but never seems to bite divers.  We swam within 5 feet of this snake while he was hunting small fish.

The well camouflaged and highly poisonous Bearded Scorpionfish

A beautiful little Porcelain Crab. He catches his microscopic meals with two filament covered appendages attached just below his mouth which he spreads out like a net to sift the water.

This Clown Anemone Fish (informally known as the Nemo fish) was darting around with her young offspring. She paused just long enough for me to snap this picture of her anemone home.

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