Thailand and Myanmar Late 2005


Where should we start? The diving was to be challenging and we did have lumpy seas and stormy weather but it was a can of fruit that will remain lodged in my memory from this trip.

Although we did have some ordinary weather we had plenty of sun and good diving too aboard MV Nautica. There were only 4 of a possible 10 passengers on board so it was pretty relaxed. The viz wasn't the best but we saw plenty of wack stuff and stunning shoals of Devil Rays.

Back on land the rains came and we thought travelling around Phuket during floods would be dramatic until we visited Tescos... its a long story (but a good one) be warned there are graphic scenes portrayed within this collection and not just me in trunks!

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The highlight of the diving was meeting a huge shoal of Devil rays
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Its a pity you can't see the trampoline which is just out of shot
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A big fat slug - which may have been a resting, baby Spanish Dancer... Hexabranchus sanguineus<br>
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It was plankton season so clear dives like this were in the minority
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Thailand doesn't just have cabbage white butterflies
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Several of the beaches on Phuket had been cleared by the Tsunami, they had started to remodel some of them
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See, Nemo didn't die in a tragic sushi accident!
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A transparent Ghost Mantis Shrimp
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Dawn browses wigs for a 70's night
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Cruising leopard shark
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A tiny comensal (stowaway) shrimp
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Barracuda overhead
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Caravan club slugs - always holding other slugs up - a Risbeckii  probably Tryoni
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Jacques' stunt double from Finding Nemo
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One of the most amazing slugs we saw - isn't she cute? Chromodoris Coi or Kuniei
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A group of Durban Hinge Beak shrimp
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These tiny nudibranches are rather like the Flabbelinas we see off Weybourne
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No trip is complete without Morays, lots of Morays
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There were plenty of Pharoah cuttlefish
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Do your workmates make fun of you?
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A little Moray acting tough
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A cowrie out for a walk
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Can you guess what it is yet? Begins with Frog ends in fish
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We saw the Devil Rays on two of our 3 visits to High Tower - not bad odds
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The cuttlefish weren't shy at all, it seemed to be courting season
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The poor viz, and their shyness, made it tricky to get good pictures of the rays - this is just to prove we got closer
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The usual colour scheme for a Mantis Shrimp
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Strawberry and cream slug<br>
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Rob Spray.