Extra Divers Worldwide opened their much-anticipated Christmas Island Dive Centre on 1 October 2016. The new dive centre combined with the weekly Saturday charter flight that operates from Jakarta makes Christmas Island so much more accessible.
With so many really special dive sites around Australia, to ask us to pick our favourite spot is a big ask. But that’s exactly what Bupa Travel Insurance asked us in their recent article, ‘Scuba Diving Adventures Around Australia’.
Yvonne McKenzie, based on Australia’s own Christmas Island, shares her underwater world with DivePlanit.
How did you get into underwater photography in the first place? – Well, ever since I was a young teenager, I always loved taking photos and never went anywhere without a camera. Even today, I still remember my first “camera”: a flat rectangle shape, yellow and black in colour, made of plastic where the flash and 35mm film took up most of the space and left very little room for a “lens”
We are ending biodiversity week with probably the biggest example of the diverse species that inhabit our oceans: The Whale Shark. So named because it is as big as many whales and like many whales, a filter feeder.
Biodiversity #14 – There are over 1,100 species of hermit crab, both terrestrial and marine, which typically processes an asymmetrical soft abdomen which it conceals for protection in an empty gastropod (snail) shell. Most are referred to a ‘left-handed’ as their left claw is bigger than their right. Here’s a Hairy Red Hermit Crab I found at Uepi in the Solomon Islands.
Most easily recognised by the two keels, which are bright orange/yellow, and clown-like face. Vivid pale blue lines at base and edge of dorsal fin, orange anal fin. (Note the Mimic which looks similar doesn’t have the double keel).
Body is unmissably powder-blue, that is a bright sky blue. Dark blue face, yellow dorsal and white anal fin – this picture does not do it justice – it’s one of the most beautifully colourful fish. Often seen in small numbers in large schools of less colourful surgeons.