Pulau Perhentian sharks 6/28/09
No I'm not gonna try and keep one! But I was wondering if you knew
what the white-tipped sharks were that I often encounter snorkeling /
diving in the shallow reefs just off shore from Pulau Perhentian, a
bit north of Redang. They look like very much like grey reef sharks (C.
amblyrhynchos ) but with white-tipped fins. They're definitely not
C. triaenodon, which was my first thought - too big/bulky. One of
locals claimed that they're juvenile C. longimanus.
<Mmm, when I put your subject/title in Google, it mainly brings up
I bought that for a while, but now that I've become more curious,
that seems unlikely too. The size is right >6ft but their fins are
pointed rather than rounded. So, now I'm thinking that maybe
they're C. albimarginatus, but what seen I've of their range
doesn't include Malaysia, though the Philippines are included, and
"data deficient" doesn't tell me much.
Just curious as to who it is that comes to check me out as I hang
helpless in the water.
<Do you have a pic? BobF>
Re: Pulau Perhentian sharks 6/28/09Diving
Malaysia... and Editing Sony video on a Mac
Huh, nothing like C. griseum. I guess you haven't seem 'em down
at Redang. They're definitely Carcharhinidae -
<Mmm, did see what I believe to be a resident group of C.
melanopterus... this is the likely animal>
classic requiem - and only meters off the shore from the Perhentian
Island Resort. But honestly I'm more afraid of these smallish
damsel-looking fish out there. You have to snorkel over their sandy
nests to get out to the rocks.
<Heeeee! I agree with you... much more aggressive, given to
I've never seen a more wantonly aggressive fish. Oh, they're
cute, until you're gasping at the surface, holding your bloody leg,
wondering what just happened.
Definitely worth a trip to see, but don't stay at the
"Resort". It's a dump. Ask or Aziz at Mama's Place,
just down the beach. Go during baby turtle season - Aziz runs an
admirable little rescue operation from
the beach, most of the other locals just eat the eggs. Mmmm,
leatherback on toast.
<Thanks much for sharing. Bobbus Bieramicus>
Dear Diana, How did you manage to read from camera
into iMovie? I would very much appreciate help!! Did you connect using
USB cable direct to Mac or to Windows partition then copy to Mac? Do
you need to buy MPEG 2 plug in or some other program? <I used the
USB, but had the program "hiccup" intermittently and had to
re-start, add it bit by bit... time consuming> Dear Bob and Diana,
Great places to dive in Malaysia are as follows: Peninsular Malaysia:
Tenggol (5 hours drive from KL) Perhentian (fly to Kota Bharu then 1hr
taxi then 1hr speedboat) Redang (can fly direct to island from KL)
Tioman (can fly direct to island from KL) East Malaysia Sipadan (of
course) Some islands off KK... one has a resident dugong but I
don't know if still will be there in 2009 Langkayan Layang-Layang
Mataking Sipadan is of course the best. The rest are about the same
diving-wise, with perhaps the East Malaysia destinations being a bit
nicer. Check out the following website for more info: www.msac.org.my
http://www.kapalselam.org/ www.airasia.com http://www.berjaya-air.com/
Thanks for the Egypt advice! Will check out those places you mentioned!
Trudy <Thank you Trudy. Cheers, BobF>
The Fabio Bro.s HI BOB.... I AM ITALIAN,,, AND
DIVING WITH YOU IN LEMBEH CHANNOL IN AUGOST 2002... I HAVE A QUESTION
... 1) YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT DERAWAN , SANGALAKI AND NABUCCO AREA
RESORT AND SCUBA DIVING? <Only Sangalaki... in Malaysia> 2) I
KNOW THAT YOU DON'T LIKE DIGITAL UNDERWATER SYSTEM BUT YOU KNOW
SOME PHOTOGRAPHER THAT WORK WITH UNDERWATER LIGHT CONTINUOUS (HID) FOR
TAKE STILL PICTURE? ... <There are such devices, but they're not
very bright. Look at the new (125 series) of Ikelite (.com), strobes...
this is what I am currently using. Ciao, bello. Hello to your brother.
Bob Fenner> HAVE A NICE DAY Casari Fabio
Kuala Lumpur Hi Bob, <Carl> my name is Carl
Campbell and I'm a member of the SDMAS group in San Diego. I'm
in the Navy and have a chance to go to Kuala Lumpur and wanted to know
if you had any information about snorkeling there. <Not in KL
itself... but in and about many places in Malaysia, yes. Do check
(mainly with local or Internet dive services) re possible
locations.> Also, do they export corals? <Some places,
businesses, yes.> I'm on an Aircraft carrier and have a 7 gallon
nano reef on my desk (and it is doing outstanding I might
add). If they had a place to get some small frags, I'd
be interested in "stocking up" a bit. What is your
take on this? Thanks. P.S. Tell Ron
from Octopuses Garden I said hello if you see him!! Carl <Will do...
think you might do well to collect your own frags... not hard to do...
with a trusty (soon to be rusty) pair of pliers... a sturdy double-bag
or screw top all-plastic container (with some holes drilled or melted
through the top, perhaps the upper sides) to hold the bits (about an
inch) that you can easily snap off underwater, stow temporarily in your
BC vest (if scuba diving) or hold in a cooler for transport if
snorkeling. Bob Fenner>
Tioman Island diving Greetings Bob et al.... I just
wanted to send you a quick update, I have just returned from
Diving on the Tioman Island in Malaysia in the south China Sea...
Truly an amazing experience... I would definitely
recommend it to anyone planning on going there. There
are two very good dive shops on the Island. The coral
and other denizens are truly amazing. The vis is good
right now.... What really impressed was the almost fanatical zeal
that they express over the maintenance of the
corals, I have never seen such an abundance, tons of
staghorn and other hard corals... There are also tons of anemones
and their clown hosts... Beautiful nudibranchs as
well. LOL I logged so many dives in five days that
they were all laughing at me... Saw a huge sea
turtle... No sharks, apparently they are scared of the scuba
bubbles...was told that re-breathers work better to see the whale
sharks, maybe next time...anyhow have attached some photos for
your benefit... Chat soon. Julian Hunt <Thank you for sending
your appraisal along. Haven't been there yet (was in Kapalai,
Sipadan a couple months back... It's REALLY inexpensive to
travel to Sing. and about in Malaysia now. Bob Fenner>