Reef sharks are back in Amed. It was great news this week to noticed that more and more of our fellow divers in Amed and Tulamben spot reef sharks in most of the sites we used to know them. Apparently, they don’t like the high season and the affluence of too many divers, but now that the conditions are a bit better and the dives sites less busy, sharks are back!
We have two kinds of reef sharks here in Amed and Tulamben that are called black tip or white tip due to the color of their back fin. Most likely to be seen is the black tip but both coexist in the area. After months without seeing any, it was a great surprise though to spot on the USAT Liberty shipwreck a beautiful white tip shark around a meter long. We found him swimming with grace just at the bow of the ship at 18 m deep. Usually shy, we felt lucky it swam back and in during a couple of minutes.
Spotting sharks is always good news as it’s an excellent indicator of the reef health. Reef sharks are the cleaners of the reef and its presence indicate the richness of the ecosystem in terms of variety and amount of fish. Where there’s home for fishes, where the corals are many and healthy to be mean, there is a greater amount of small fish which find shelter there and attract bigger fish and so on.
This week in Amed we’ve also been very happy to certify Mareike and Kris as Padi Divemasters after they completed the course and have been through the traditional snorkel test. Not left for a day that we welcomed Tchao and Desmond who just start their with us. These two will be lucky to observe reef sharks, so if you’re curious about it, just pay us a visit at two fish amed.