Thailand 2010 (III)

A second selection of images taken from a dive to the artificial reef in Bay 1, on the east coast of Racha Yai island, just south of Phuket.

The reef consists of a large series of “open” cubes that have been scattered across the smooth, open sands of the bay and which now provide shelter and homes for teeming marine life. Not as wondrous as an all-natural reef of course, but an important boost to the local ecology all the same.

In this collection of images, I think my personal favourite has to be the Marbled Moray Eel – the one investigating my Dive Instructor’s prod. This is a relatively rare eel for the waters of Phuket [in 150 dives I’ve only ever seen this one] and the little fellow was smart, playful and adorable.