South of Kurali IslandSY "Kamu II" at anchor, south of Kurali Island, at 9 m of depth, on coral, in a wild 5-knot tidal stream (only a day anchorage with unreliable holding and unsuitable for overnight stops).
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N 02° 46.37' E 073° 22.45'
Sailing uneventfully from Gaafaru Falhu to the Mulaku Atoll, to our risky and not recommendable lunch anchorage at N 02° 46.37' E 073° 22.45', applauding on the way the incredible acrobatic display of a pod of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) who leap through the air, up to half a dozen times, in quick succession, whilst spinning longitudinally along their axis, and wondering if they are that keen because the great cauldron of bubbles created on exit and re-entry may act as a target for echolocation by other individuals in the pod or if it is simply play-acting and practising.
Anchoring in a 5-knot outgoing tidal stream, watching villagers collect coconuts and load them onto their dhoni in order to ship them to one of the 200 plus inhabited islands of the
Redefining a ship's anchor as "...a heavy and back-breaking device which is designed to bring up hunks of dead coral and samples of seaweed from the bottom of the sea at extremely inconvenient times..."
Sailing through a large shoal of lively pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), holding our breath and freezing in marvel.
Entering the Kolhumadulu Atoll through Olhugiri Kandu, the NE entrance at waypoint N 02° 30.66' E 073° 15.89', which has a least charted depth of 9 m, and following a friendly fishing dhoni into a very protected reef anchorage at N 02° 30.25' E 073° 16.65'.
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