Fish species on Atauro Island
It was nice to finally get into my dive gear and enjoy the reefs and coral of Atauro which I believe the coral reefs are the most biodiverse in the world whereby a study in 2016 recorded a higher fish diversity anywhere in the world - more than 4500 fish species, even comparable to Raja Ampat in Indonesia.
Sperm Whale moment by chance in Timor Leste
Enroute to Atauro Island for a day of free diving and scuba we came across a scattered pod of Sperm Whales, in total approx 15-18 in mixed groups, Adults, Mum and Calf etc. We decided to abort the scuba day trip and remain with the Sperm Whales and snorkelled with them for approx 3hrs. This video is snap version of the day.
Dugong sighting on the Ningaloo Reef
We were soooo lucky to witness and share in this moment to see mum & calf casually swimming in and around the shallows of the Ningaloo Reef. Although not seen here we watched them for 15-20min each time as they surfaced, and it seemed to be a teaching moment where mum was showing calf how to surface, dive and search in and around the bommies.