Tuesday
Dec292009

Gallaria Diversity off Tofo, Mozambique.

In November a team of us drove the 1200km’s north from Durban in South Africa to the coastal town of Tofo in Mozambique, an area renowned for its fecund manta population. All on rebreathers, the plan was to spend as much time underwater as possible, sorb and OTU’s allowing. A couple of curve balls presented themselves - no manta’s, some radical cold thermoclines at 30 meters of around 15 degrees celcius, and four lost divers at sea, all of which were resolved philosophically and without incident. It was my first time diving the area, but the potential was acutely obvious. Noteworthy on a reef named Gallaria were these aggregations of green coral trees which had been colonised by a myriad of life forms, as illustrated in the picture above. If you plan to dive this area, look up Diversity Scuba, they would be my dive charter of choice if we did not have a boat.

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