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It's been another great month at the Scuba Junkie Komodo Beach resort. The skies have been blue and the water and been clear and warm (for the most part). Our divers have seen incredible things, had great dives and enjoyed some stunning sunset. Not only that, but at the resort the pups have had an operation and our new bales are almost finished!
There is no doubt about it, Manta rays have made the diving in the Komodo National park famous. These elegant and graceful creatures can be seen all year round. However, recently we are finding that the macro here surpasses many top diving locations. In just one dive our customers have seen several hairy frogfish, mimic octopus, robust ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and a plethora of shrimps and crabs. There are not many places in the world where you can dive with manta rays, jump on a boat for ten minutes and see some of the most highly coveted macro critters. Then head to a dive site where the current will fly you past stunning coral. The diversity of the area is mind blowing.
Those of you who have visited Scuba Junkie will know that we are lovers of all animals. We have three dogs, Gizmo, Fraggle and Houndsels, Turtle the cat, and our unofficial dog George. The two younger dogs, Fraggle and Houndsels, were recently neutered. What is a routine surgery in most places, presents itself with a whole host of concerns when you're dealing with pups who are not used to being restrained. The main concern was the cut becoming infected. Fraggle loves the water and Houndsels loves to roll in the sand. Consequently the pups were kept on a lead with their cones on for 10 days.... They were not impressed. Thankfully everything went off without a hitch and the pups are all back to their crazy, lovely selves. We did try to have George neutered as well, but that smart dog knew something was up, and so didn't come to the resort that day.
We have had several extremely rare encounters this month. One group of divers saw a dugong, and a few weeks later groups saw 7 dolphins whilst diving! Neither of these are an every day occurance. Dugongs are shy creatures that tend to favour areas away from the reefs, places where they can feed on seagrass. Whilst enjoying a dive on the Cauldron one cruised past just in front of them. Sadly numbers of dugongs have been decreasing, they are listed as vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN red list. We often spot dolphins from the boat, but to see them diving is the dream of many, one that is not often realised. The Komodo National park continues to blow our minds and prove itself as one of the greatest diving destinations on the world. For more information on the diving, to get an insight into our world, or just for fun, remember we are on Facebook and instagram @sjkomodo. And of course email us with any questions you have firstname.lastname@example.org