- Posted June 14, 2014 by
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Everything you could ask for at Sipadan
Usually divers stick to the walls around the reef at Sipadan, but there can be a lot happening on top of the reef that is also worth checking out. We crossed the reef at low tide in the late morning and found the resident ball of jacks mingling with the large (100+) school of resident giant bumphead parrotfish. After the bumpheads left a large tuna came into the ball to hunt and it brought with it five white tipped reef sharks. These magnificent hunters carved paths through the jacks for for 10+ minutes as I sat in the middle of it all switching between photographs and video as quickly as my finger and camera would allow. Since all of this happened in less than 4 meters of water, I really mean it when I say 'in the middle'. Neither the tuna nor the sharks minded me in being there - they got within arms' reach on numerous occasions.
Eventually my dive buddy and I decided to move on and we left the mayhem behind and went to seek other mayhem elsewhere in the form of the resident school of barracuda. Sipadan: it really is everything you could ever ask for in a dive site. It never fails to impress.