29 Jan - 02 Feb 2014 Koh Lipe

Piece of Paradise... 
DM Konni: Knocking on paradise’s door and gaining entrance on the Thai island of Koh Lipe, chillaxing during Chinese New Year together with thousands of sun seekers over water and with hundreds of scuba divers under water - surrounded by beautiful soft corals and huge gorgonians; many thanks to our friend Antoine from Forra Dive Resort +66805455012 for his friendly and very professional support.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” 

“Something, most certainly, happens to a diver’s emotions underwater. It is not merely a side effect of the pleasing, vaguely erotic sensation of water pressure on the body. Nor is it alone the peculiar sense of weightlessness, which permits a diver to hang motionless in open water, observing sea life large as whales around him; not the ability of a diver, descending in that condition, to slowly tumble and rotate in all three spatial planes. It is not the exhilaration from disorientation that comes when one’s point of view starts to lose its 'left' and 'down' and gains instead something else, a unique perception that grows out of the ease of movement in three dimensions. It is not from the diminishment of gravity to a force little more emphatic than a suggestion. It is not solely exposure to an unfamiliar intensity of life. It is not a state of rapture with the bottomless blue world beneath one’s feet. - It is some complicated mix of these emotions, together with the constant proximity of real terror...”

Ich bin wieder einmal abgetaucht - in den Indischen Ozean hinein. Zuerst fuhren wir auf einem huebschen weissen Schiff zu einer einsamen Trauminsel, Koh Lipe in Thailand. Meine Tauchfreundin Pascale und ich nahmen die Lufttanks auf den Ruecken und sprangen ins warme Wasser zu den bunten Anemonenfischen (Amphiprion), den Rotfeuerfischen (Pterois volitans) und den kleinen, wunderschoen bunten Seeschnecken (Nudibranchia). Auch eine Riesenmuraene (Gymnothorax javanicus) beobachtete uns misstrauisch aus ihrem Versteck inmitten der zauberhaften rosa-, lila- und goldfarbigen weichen Korallen. Die Stroemung trug mich sanft und dabei entdeckte ich einige Skorpionfische (Scorpaenidae), die zwar wie Drachenkoepfe aussehen, sich jedoch gut tarnen koennen. Sie aehneln auch etwas den harten Korallen, auf denen sie sich ausruhen. - Wie lange koennt Ihr unter Wasser die Luft anhalten?
From Thailand, with Love!

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