Happy new year 2021 from The Smiling Seahorse crew!
We were delighted to welcome back some familiar faces onboard! Nicola, we discovered The Smiling Seahorse last week couldn’t say goodbye and we were very happy to welcome her for a second week. We also welcomed back Jeff, Hiroshi and Dario who met onboard last year as well as our once Dive Master trainee: Kostas back for another cruise.
Thank you so much for your continuous support during good and bad years!
The highlights of the Surin islands this week were an enormous turtle cruising by as we searched out tiny cute pikachu nudibranchs (thecacera pacifica), eerie ghost pipefish, lobsters, vibrant peacock mantis shrimp and ornate tapestry shrimp. The variety of life and giant schools of fish kicked the trip off brilliantly.
We also experienced a fun filled dive at Elephant Head Rock, which led us through underwater boulders and swim throughs. We found more white tips reef sharks swimming and the trip of black, yellow, and blue ribbon eels poking out to say hello. Between dives we made a stop at Donald Duck Bay to enjoy the iconic rock formations and pristine white sand beach.
Thanks to Andrew for sharing your photos of the trip! And a special congratulations goes out to Martina and Fabian for completing their Nitrox certification course!