Thursday, February 28, 2008

Night dive in Pattaya

A night dive in Pattaya with an unexpected creature.

Besides the wreck diving an wreck dive specialties conducted in Pattaya, Marcus and me also made a Night dive for his Instructor Specialty rating.

During the dive we encountered this beautiful cone shell, a first time for me to witness a cone shell on the sprawl. I was very excited about this and was very glad that Marcus brought his camera, so the cone shell in full exposure can be shown on my blog!
Thanks to Marcus Han for the picture.
They can be very dangerous if they inject humans, so we stayed well out of distance of the shell.
It was a nice dive overall during which we saw various other fish and critters during the dive.


Dave said...

That's an awesome shot. Never seen one of those on the move before either. Great work!

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Dave,

It was indeed a very unusual sight and I'm very happy it was caught on a camera.

How's your dive life proceeding? On a low winter fire at the moment?

Dave said...

Diving, or lack of diving is depressing. I'm embarrassed to tell you how few dives I've done in the past 6 months. A combination of my regular dive buddy first having his driving licence taken for 6 months for speeding, then a bad back, then bad weather, then this military lockdown. And my other dive buddies wimp out when it gets slightly cold.

A very sorry state of affairs :(

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Dave,

There will be an up side again as well! Too bad about the lockdown. Hope that will be sorted soon and that will most likely be a change already.
Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Erm.., that's not a "very dangerous if they inject humans" cone shell (Conus sp.). It's a harmless volute. Very common around Ko Laan and Ko Saak...

Camille Lemmens said...


Thanks for that info, I'll look further into that and will try some Fish ID sites to find a picture of the more dangerous ones.

I've seen empty shells like this around but never a live one!