17 or 22 (it'll be clear later on) different nudis, 10 or 12 different species in 2 or 3 dives over 1 or 2 days (clear now?)
Less than a year ago never would I have guessed that moving to Khao Lak (closer to Similan) would have charmed me away from the crystal clear waters of the park to the often murky waters along its coast...
The only dive site that I knew of and I've been to was the Boonsung wreck (for which I'm still lacking a proper entry in this blog) and I've always been rewarded with cool and unusual findings (compared to Similan or Phuket) such as honeycomb moray eels, various nudibranchs, many lion and scorpion fish, shrimps and crabs and outstanding schools of trevalley and yellowtail snapper.
Let's get to the "dirty business": on the Premchai wreck
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I've generally always see adult specimen like this couple of glossodoris atromarginata
YET today I'm going to focus on sea slugs...
On the way back from the wreck we decided to do an exploratory dive near the coast...
visibility was bad (between 1 and 3 meters), everything green-ish, sand, few rocks, some garbage...
and then... they all started lining up before our amazed eyes!!!
Another Hypselodoris Kanga!
Red version: Hypselodoris Zebrina!!!
STILL another Kanga!
THIS is STILL DURING the SAME DIVE!!!!
What? Another Zebrina? Oh yes!
Last but not least, a 7cm long Ceratosoma Trilobatum for good measure and to end the dive in glory...
I was so delighted with this unexpected success that I decided to go there again the following week.
Visibility was even worst this time: 15-70cm!!! we really struggled to separate the milky murky water from the sand, sometimes even bumping our nose into the sandy bottom...
the dive was still worth it during those moments of less particles, which allowed us to spot our sea slugs finding of the day:
Starting with a Chromodoris Fidelis. This one was tiny and moving fast!! a real challenge for my MACRO wet lens in such poor visibility...
I knew I was back in the same spot as I started spotting the Kangas!!! here's the first of the dive
and here's another one
a new entry: Chromodoris Decora!!! NICE ;-)
one of my new top 5 favorite nudis: the Chromodoris Daphne - here moving across a leaf