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Final dive of 2010...!!

Well it's New Year's Eve tomorrow, and i'm diving with Jay from Phangan Beach Resort.

I'll be praying for a Whale Shark to end 2010 but if not, another close encounter with the huge school of Chevron Barracudas will do just fine...

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae)

Although not a great photo, this gives an idea of the huge numbers the school of Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae) can reach at certain times of year, particularly at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan.

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae)

At certain times of year, Sail Rock's resident school of Chevron Barracudas (Sphyraena Putnamiae) seems to experience a population explosion, as we witnessed during December 2010.

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Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello)

The resident school of Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello) are most frequently encountered on the west side of Sail Rock, particularly on the outside of the small narrow pinnacle nick-named Batfish Pinnacle.

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A bit windy this week, but Sail Rock is still fantastic...

We've had a windy last few days here on Koh Phangan, but Sail Rock is still the place to go if you want to see huge schools of fish.

In this photo, Christian Aneres from Austria finds himself surrounded by massive school of Chevron Barracudas (Sphyraena Putnamiae).

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae) circling at Sail Rock

In this photo, Christian Aneres from Austria finds himself surrounded by huge school of Chevron Barracudas (Sphyraena Putnamiae) at Sail Rock.

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Dive with huge schools of fish at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan
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Undulated Moray (Gymnothorax Undulatus)?

This photo of what i've tentatively accepted as an Undulated Moray (Gymnothorax Undulatus) was taken at the East Pinnacle, Sail Rock.

As suggested in my species description, it is difficult to see if it has the characteristic markings that distinguish this species.

Whatever it is, it certainly knows how to strike a pose...

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Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei)

This pair of Palechin Moray Eels (Gymnothorax Herrei) could be found together, inhabiting the same crevice at Sail Rock for a number of weeks.

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Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei)

In this shot taken at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan, a little Palechin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax Herrei) is being moved along by a group Regal Demoiselles (Neopomacentrus Cyanomos).