Dive Site: The Morgue Christmas Island WA

Gilded trigger at morgue diving christmas island

Site Overview

Site Type: Reef and Wall; occasional mega fauna
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 18MBottom: 25M
Location: North east of Flying Fish Cove, practically underneath the Sunset Lodge!

Description

Christmas Island’s The Morgue dive site is named for the small building on the shoreline which served that purpose. Unlike many other Christmas Island sites, The Morgue dive site shelves quite shallowly with giant acropora and lots of feather stars, as well as all the usual reef fish.

Here is a short video of the fish life that you can expect to see around Christmas Island.  The footage is not all from The Morgue – a lot is from a shore dive just around the corner in Flying Fish Cove where because it is shallow – the colour is much better when filming.

We head offshore from within a few metres of the shore to the shelf.

Very blue Emperor Angelfish diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

Quite shallow shelving at this point (about 35°) and we encounter a White Square Rockcod; also known under the pseudonym of Thinspine Grouper.  (To be clear, Gracila albormarginata, in the Serranidae family) – but look at his face – it’s like he’s got a Loan Arranger mask on and a lovely smile – looks like he got out of the seabed on the wrong side this morning).

White Square Rockcod aka Thinspine Grouper diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

Masses of very large coral and Feather Stars.

Feather Star diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

The best section is at about 25 m; and it’s very easy to work your way back up to 5 m for the safety stop.

Ringtail Maori Wrasse diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

Not as many fish as Flying Fish Cove but the coral is much larger here.

Racoon Butterflyfish diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

You’ll find the gilded triggers on almost all the dive sites.

Gilded Trigger diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

And the fish diversity is just the same as everywhere on Christmas Island: you’ll see giant triggers (common as muck), and…

Giant or Titan Trigger diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit

swimming right over the home of the relatively rare Ribbon Eel.

Relatively rare Ribbon Eel diving The Morgue at Christmas Island in Australias Indian Ocean by Diveplanit