Daily Archives: May 17, 2013

Back to the Aquarium, Damaniyat Islands (Dive #22)

Aquarium pic 1  I was glad to return to “Aquarium” divesite especially now that I had my new Canon D20 to capture some of the awesomeness of this site.  This was my 2nd time to Aquarium; my first time was immediately after being PADI Open Water qualified.Open Waters and Advanced  Speaking of my licenses, can you believe that I have only just now received my cards in the mail this week: Open Waters more than 8 months after qualifying (Aug 23) and my Advanced Open Waters (Nov 1) more than 7 months later…Aquarium pic 2  Ahmed, an instructor from Global Scuba, helping out a young Indian diver on his first ocean dive after getting his Open WatersAquarium pic 3  There were plenty of these fish swimming all around us right from the moment we hit the water!Aquarium pic 4Aquarium pic 5  “Calamari”- You can see one of these creatures “hovering” in the video at the end of this blogpost.Aquarium pic 6Aquarium pic 7Aquarium pic 8Aquarium pic 9  It was sad to see this dead turtle during our dive.  There was no indication as to what caused its death.Aquarium pic 10  They have these nets over large parts of the coral reef at Aquarium.  I’m not sure if they are old, discarded fishing nets or it’s something to protect the reef.Aquarium pic 11Aquarium pic 12Aquarium pic 13  Plenty of schools of fish at the Aquarium!Aquarium pic 14  2 young brothers who both attend ABA.Aquarium pic 15  Always dozens of moral eels to see at the Damaniyats.Aquarium pic 16  The Italian gentleman we were diving with, Antonio, kept trying to touch things.  I kept waiting for something like this moral eel to bite him.  Here’s a closer look at what he’s putting his hand near:Aquarium pic 16 closeupAquarium pic 18Aquarium pic 18 closeup  Here is a video combining 29 short clips that I took on this dive: Maximum depth was 17 meters and bottom time of one hour.