|Scenic Coral Garden on a sloping point
|Top: 5M Median: 22M Bottom: 30M
|8 minutes to the west of Tawali Dive Resort on the north coast
Barracuda Point is a coral garden with a massive variety of hard corals and sloping wall with coral bommies. Home to zillions of Anthias, surgeons, parrotfish, emperor angels, coral groper and anemonefish.
Here’s a shot of the terrain typical of Barracuda Point, and not atypical of this part of Milne Bay’s north coast.
There are lots of Dendrophyllia micrarantha – which looks a bit like a green tree of knobbly coral. It is a kind of cup coral that is azooxanthellate and does not photosynthesise. These kinds of coral can grow down 100’s of metres.
Not sure why the purple – orange – purple segregation going on here. I think they might be different sexes of the same Anthias.
As stated above: the variety of coral types is enormous – and all in great condition, from branching corals…
… to brain corals …
… and all kinds of coating corals. (I wish I knew more about coral species!)
There is plenty of sea life too: idols and angels…
… and pinks hiding under and within their protective anemone.
And feather stars or Crinoids which are marine animals, wandering around and passing food into their mouths which are on top in the centre of all those arms.
Being on the north coast of Milne Bay, whilst diving Barracuda Point, it is worthwhile keeping an eye out in the blue for passing pelagics should as rays and sharks.