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Nicholas Boyle and Brodie Rees at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan

A fantastic day at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan was had by all on December 14th 2010.

Congratulations to Brodie Rees for overcoming her fear and taking the first two dives of her life during her PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experience and "fun dive" with The Dive Inn!

Although admitting afterward that she had been quite nervous, she completed every skill first time, and was swimming around like a complete natural within minutes...

A special mention also to Brodie's boyfriend Nicholas Boyle who, although a qualified PADI Open Water diver, hadn't dived for approximately 5 years!

Nicholas was back in the swing of things within the first minute of the first dive, and always proved to be the perfect "buddy" for Brodie.

Well done to you both. We hope to see you both back at The Dive Inn in the future.

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Regal Demoiselles (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos) harass a White-Eyed Moray Eel (Siderea Thyrsoidea)

In this photo, from Sail Rock, a group of juvenile Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos) are "mobbing" a wandering White-Eyed Moray Eel (Siderea Thyrsoidea).

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Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos)

In this photo, many of the traits that are common within the local population of Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos) are clearly visible, namely:

The orange-coloured "ear-spot"
The neon blue fin margins
The white mark at the rear of the dorsal fin
The pale, blotchy markings which may be related to nesting activity

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Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos) gallery complete....

It just took me more than 3 hours to write up a description for the Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos). It's one of our most abundant species, but not so easy to describe as there's a few variations, depending on location.

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Whale Shark at Sail Rock today - Dec 13th 2010

Yet another Whale Shark has turned up at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan today.

Wendy called to give us the good news. Hopefully she took her camera with her so we can try to have it identified...

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Another great day at Sail Rock...

Another great day at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan, diving with long-time friend, Elliot Newberry (who graciously offered to pay to take me on the boat...).

Visibility wasn't fantastic (around 10m or so) but as usual, Sail Rock was teeming with marine life.

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Regal Damselfish (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos)

Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos) can often be found darting in and out of disused oyster shell, which they use for protection and also as a safe place to lay their eggs, as the individual in this photograph was doing at the time (the eggs are the tiny brownish dots inside the shell).

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James Drake-Brockman & Kiki Rubensson

PADI Open Water students James Drake-Brockman & Kiki Rubensson gearing up before their dives at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan in October 2010.

Whiles James couldn't wait to get in the water, initially, Kiki had completely different ideas (mainly due to her 100% certainty that she would be eaten by a shark!!).

As luck would have it, Kiki wasn't eaten by anything, and they both passed their Open Water course with flying colours...

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Sun is shining again on Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is back to how it should be, hot and sunny...

After a fantastic day at

Sail Rock

, and a whale shark visit a few days ago, it looks like conditions are coming good in time for high season.

Marc Rittmeier at Sail Rock: Marc Rittmeier from Berlin, Germany joined me on two fantastic dives at Sail Rock on 8th December 2010.Marc Rittmeier at Sail Rock: Marc Rittmeier from Berlin, Germany joined me on two fantastic dives at Sail Rock on 8th December 2010.
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Marc Rittmeier at Sail Rock

Marc Rittmeier from Berlin, Germany joined me on two fantastic dives at Sail Rock on 8th December 2010.