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Tenggol Dive Report April 2012

Post Number:#1  Postby toodus » Tue May 08, 2012 4:17 pm

Remember my first visit to Tenggol back in March 2012. Well, as of today, I have gone back to this enchanting and mysterious island 3 more times. Talk about love at first dive. The crew advised me to leave my dive gears there as they predicted I would be back the following weekend and they were right. As usual, I started my journey at 330am from PJ and arrived in time to have the flavourful Nasi Dagang by the wet market. Look for the stall with many customers. By 845am, we're in the boat and heading East to the island. I mentioned in my previous report that it only takes 4 hours of driving if you use the Karak-LPT-Cherating-Kemaman-Kerteh-Dungun road.

The viz was amazing as usual. We went to every dive site available - Fish Bowl, Tokong Laut, Tokong Talang, etc. The dive sites are just 10 minutes away. If you're not a macro nudi fan, you have to enjoy the viz and swim throughs that Tenggol provides because there are no obvious sighting of pelagics here except for one lone bumphead parrotfish, giant moray eels, sweetlips and one more which most people have not seen even after 2000 dives. Jinx Jinx Jinx...Anyway, here are some pictures of my last two trips:
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Hypseledoris Krakatoa - If you see the plume or mantle, it looks like the eruption of the legendary Krakatoa volcano. Hence, the name.
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Nembrotha Lineonata
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Trapania Giberra
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Briareum Phyllodesmium - A first for me
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Lone bumphead parrotfish
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Glossodoris Rufomarginata
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Bornella Hermani - My first Bornella species


Last weekend's dive however was marred by the Supermoon. Viz was bad. Not so bad but compared to the last three trips, the viz was "bad" for me. It was so unappealing for me that I did not want to do the 3rd dive. This is from a diver who did 8 dives a day a couple of weeks ago.  The viz broke my spirit and all the loving I had for Tenggol. Hence, I decided to do a Back To Basics dive whereby I relearnt to deploy my SMB, trained my eyes to spot nudis, make crackling sounds with an empty mineral water bottle to attract sharks, playing with my White Balance, etc. Because all my dives in Tenggol, I surfaced with either 10 or 0 bar left. That's how excited I get underwater.
The third dive was at Tanjung Api, the best dive site in Tenggol and I reluctantly went ahead.
Chuck-Ker-Doom (That's the sound when you backroll into the sea)

We descended down to 18m and started at the edge of a canyon and ventured out.  Immediately, a huge blue Royal Hypselodoris hung
on the wall with the yellow rhinopores and mantle glowing with pride. Next came, Nembrotha Milleris, mating Nembrotha Lineonatas, Roboastra Gracilis, Geometricas, etc. Not trying to be action but these guys are common to me now. Ok la..action a bit....
After 15 minutes, we stopped at a coral and spotted this :


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After consulting with nudi experts worldwide, it is determined to be an unidentified Nembrotha. For a juvenile, it has adult looking features. For now, it is called Nembrotha Hasrolina after the DM.
My love for Tenggol returned firmly after this find.
[img width=600 height=450]https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6QXhDieT_ds/T6jG5jGdHzI/AAAAAAAAD4A/MLa7MgDDsg0/s640/P1140662.JPG[/img]
Hyselodoris Emma
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Chromodoris Colemani - Found this nudi named after him a day after Mr Neville Coleman passed away


And to further cement my affection for Tenggol, baby turtles emerged from the sand on that Saturday night. I've seen turtles lay their eggs before but not witnessing the hatchlings come out. An experience to be cherished on Tenggol


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Cute
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Going home
Last edited by toodus on Wed May 09, 2012 8:09 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Tenggol Dive Report April 2012

Post Number:#2  Postby 9M2NAZ » Tue May 08, 2012 5:48 pm

I just love reading your dive reports!
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Re: Tenggol Dive Report April 2012

Post Number:#3  Postby Dirt-Diver » Tue May 08, 2012 6:07 pm

Bro Toodus,
Do keep me posted on your next trip. Would like to join u if there is an extra space for a diver.
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Re: Tenggol Dive Report April 2012

Post Number:#4  Postby oldturtle » Tue May 08, 2012 9:15 pm

Turtle ? need more 'proof' .. sorry .!
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Re: Tenggol Dive Report April 2012

Post Number:#5  Postby run » Tue May 08, 2012 10:03 pm

ok toodus after i check again with details of the orange thingy then i found out its more similiar to chromodoris instead of hypeselodoris. Once i googled chromo, instantly i found the picture. it was the outer white lining set it apart from hyeselodoris and also the 3 dark blue line.
its chromodoris cf colemani and has been common in malaysian waters.
http://www.seaslugforum.net/showall/chrcfcol
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Re: Tenggol Dive Report April 2012

Post Number:#6  Postby konigsweiler » Thu May 31, 2012 12:27 pm

Hi!
Which dive center would recommend in Tenggol?


Thanks.

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