DIVE LOG: 20151201 - Molokini - Life at 100 feet
Deep blue waters embrace me with an eerie feeling as I descend towards the bottom on the inside of Molokini Crater.
Two underwater photographers document this year's massive coral bleaching event. The dark deep waters create the perfect contrast for the white coral heads that extend in all directions. Most of the Califlower coral is affected now leaving the reef in a very vulnerable situation. Water temperatures need to drop for the coral to recover, otherwise algae, that grows much faster, will soon take over the substrate and the whole reef may collapse.
Looking up towards the surface, A school of Mackerel Scad (Opelu) swims close to the surface while feeding of little particles in suspension.
Explosion of colors at 110 feet and two magnifiscent Banded Spiny Lobsters larger than my head greet me out in the open. Where others see food, I only see wonder.
Sitting on his throne, the Capricorn Lizardfish keeps a close watch of his dominion. What a view !
Enjoying his minute of stardom, the King poses for some up close portraits.
Air don't last too long at 110 feet ... time to head back to the boat.
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