70% bleached out…

August 27, 2022

 

Weather: Sunny sometimes cloudy
Ground Temperature: 33℃
Water Temperature: 30℃
Wind Direction: West (4m/s)
Swell: 1.0m

 

Diving point (visibility)

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☆ Osaki Purple Queen Reef, Ishigaki Island (18m)
☆ Sakieda Big Arch, Ishigaki Island (23m)
☆ Kabira Manta Point, Ishigaki Island (20m)

 

 

It was strange weather.

It was sunny in the morning, but the clouds started to fill the sky.

And the wind was blowing from the northwest – strange…

 

 

The water temperature remains high at 30C, and there is no typhoon here…

This may be comfortable for us divers, but not good for the corals at all.

Most of the corals cannot survive in this high water temperature, and they are dying.

The view of pastel color corals may look beautiful, but this is what happens when coral bleaching happens 🙁

It is forecasted that the sea condition will be rough toward the end of the next week.

I hope it will stir up the cold water from the bottom.

 

It is not only the corals that cannot stand this warm water.

Even the anemones are bleaching…

 

If you go deeper and go into the arches, the water is blue and there are lots of fish.

 

Masted shrimp goby has a beautiful translucent body with orange dots 🙂

 

This Mantis shrimp was not shy!

It came out of its hole and showed us its beautiful body.

 

 

Broadbarred firefish.

 

There are many things you don’t notice when you are taking pictures.

I just found out this crab was probably angry 🙂

 

We went to Manta point in the afternoon, but they were not there…

 

 

 

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