Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

I swam with a mola-mola

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  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

That's it ! ! ! Finally ! I met him! Today in Crystal Bay. I'm happy, happy, happy! My new friend is called mola-mola, or moon fish.

Huge !

It is a big beast, really huge, in the two-three meter span, from one end to the other of each fin (upper and lower). A Baltic fish, so, and not too shy, despite the dozens of divers to turn around in a string of bubbles.

A mola-mola or moonfish, accompanied by two fish-drivers, at Crystal Bay. (Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
A mola-mola or moonfish, accompanied by two fish-drivers, at Crystal Bay. (Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.
The mola-mola moves thanks to its two large fins, placed on both sides of its body ... (Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

However, at the beginning of the dive, I am not very optimistic. We go along, as the previous times, the falling, right hand. A little surf, but the current is manageable. We'll wait a few minutes in the blue, where the reef becomes a wall. But nothing.

Good. U-turn, pulling edges, because of the surf.

I scan the reef, now to my left, looking for possible smaller bugs, to flash. Some common nudibranchs, the usual tropical fauna ... I still glances to the blue, right, just in case.

Mola-mola in sight!

And then the divers in front of me start to get excited, while the "ding-ding" sound of those who knock against their bottle.

No doubt, so much agitation means: "Mola-mola in sight! Wayan and Made, our dive-masters, turn to me, waving their hands, clenched fist, thumb and little finger tight. This is the sign for molas-molas. Peter, a German instructor who is my "buddy" since several dives widens his eyes in my direction. I understood well.

Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

Except that, once again, I'm lagging behind. I accelerate my kicking pace, but the current is not in my favor. I palm, I palm, in vain, I do almost on the spot.

Wayan, who kindly mocked me on the boat at the time of the briefing, because I'm the only one to have missed the moonfish the day before, flip-flopped and lunge at me. He grabs my hand and palm like crazy to shoot me to the beast. With him, it propels! ! !

Here I am, I go down again in the 20 meters to be closer. I hardly believe my eyes. It's big, huge! ! ! We are dozens of divers to surround the poor beast.

It is a huge, more oval-shaped, round, living disk with a rounded, somewhat astonished eye, two huge and powerful fins above and below, and two very small ones on the sides.

Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

Face to face

I switch on my camera, I shoot. No time for setting pictures. The pictures I put here are very blue, because they are taken from my videos. But no matter, it gives you an idea of the general look of the animal.

The mola-mola, who first presents me with his profile, accompanied by two little fish-drivers, suddenly turns towards me, looks me straight in the face, then continues his flight to go away in the blue, after me. have presented their other profile. I am in the front row. I scream for joy in my regulator.

Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

Mola-mola or moonfish, in Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida. Bali, July 2008.

The mola-mola dance video

At the landing, I squirm cheerfully, one hand on the head, the other under the buttocks, imitating the swimming mola-mola. The others are getting married in their regulator.

I take the pose with Made, then Wayan and Kimberly, a dive-master Californian, and Peter immortalizes us with his camera ... The video rendering of my little A95 is not fabulous, but it's nice memories anyway (thanks to Peter for the pictures where I see "dancing"):

Cuttlefish in the current

What a beautiful day ! During the first dive, in drift, at Pura Mas Gading, we also had the chance to cross a big placid cuttlefish. Despite a furious current, I clutched the reef and managed to pull the portrait out of him.

Cuttlefish in Pura Mas Gading. (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)

Cuttlefish in Pura Mas Gading. (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
Cuttlefish in Pura Mas Gading. (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.) 

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

  1. Wouaaa great mola mola !! here the sun is back but it's not counting on the wind blowing at 70km / h, missed for diving this week-in, well I'll go for a horse ride na !: P
    continue the photos, say they look sporty the dives there!
    @ more
    laurence

  2. OUAH !!!!!!! Super !!! Awesome !!!!! I'm happy for you, your story fascinated me !!! I'm in Folegandros, at the cafe Nikos, and, they have a wifi connection ... .Acroyable but true !!! It's a great cafe, restaurant, a place under the trees, with a lot of junk, games, jigsaw, newspapers, in short, I love it !!!!! At the beginning, I even thought it was to laugh, when I saw written on the chart Wireless internet ... .but no, it's true !!! We are in Folegandros for another 5, 6 days, so I I will be able to connect a little more regularly, now that I know where!
    Everything is still very good! No mola-mola in sight for me ... .and it suits me ... ..I like them, but in photo ......
    I'm kissing you strongly!

  3. Yo Corinne,
    I'm back from La. Too short but top. So you do it. Diving with a huge fish. your photos are already impressive ... So live! veinarde.Vivement video that you did not miss to do. Biz. (And quickly I see a mola poru stop the cigarette) 😆

  4. @ Yves:
    Yes ... and I'm gatee: another mola-mola today !!! Life is Beautiful!
    😀

    @ Laurence:
    The "sporty" rating of dives here, it depends on the days and sites ... Today, for example, almost no current, and visi excellent! Really surprising. But overall, drifters are fast, even very very fast. As for the others ... well, it would be better if I take a little training pool during the year to palmer better than that. Do not be ashamed of what it is to support a little ...
    😛

    @ Helene:
    It looks so nice your cafe! Make the best of it. A soon thanks to the wireless internet ...
    8)

    @ Funnyworld:
    Yo Sam! Pfff, yes, it goes too fast, that's what I say too, I approach the end of the stay ... But hey, I still have a few short days to "ploufer" painarde Lembogan. You will tell me LA live on a terrace Rennes I hope sunny one day next. In the meantime, I will continue the photos under the water ... I'm really polite, I saw the big bebete this morning!
    🙄

  5. Wow ... !!! IT'S AWESOME
    😮
    Stunning photos with comments always so nice 🙄
    but yes, but yes it's good Corinne.
    In short, still very nice encounters with the Mola-Mola, you're a lucky man 🙄
    Have a good end of your stay
    Bye 😉 8)

  6. Thank you Framac! Yes, I recognize that I am a lucky man.
    🙂

    I arrive at the end of my stay, I have only two days left to "plow", before my return to Kuta and the long hours of the plane ... I feel so good at Lembogan, that I decided to stay here until the end.

    Who knows ? Perhaps I will have the happiness to cross again, here-la ... uh, say ... a bench of molas-molas?
    😆

  7. Yes, it's a real scandal !!!
    😆

    I had the chance to see them 3 times, on 5 outings in Crystal Bay, knowing that the divers of the other palanquées have seen the one that I missed during the 2nd exit ... What makes therefore a proportion of 4 on 5: I conclude that we still have good chances to cross molas molas in Crystal Bay this season. It is of course best to arrive early in the morning on the site, before there are too many boats and divers in the area.

    Now that I'm back and I found my Mac, I'm going to take care of the sorting of photos and edit my molamolesque videos to make a little "cosmic" film ...
    😉

  8. I laugh alone of your enthusiasm, in front of my screen ... We have almost seen them in Bali indeed, and it seems that we also see here in the waters of Marseille, but the smallest it seems. It is still less jet lag than for Bali! ...

    😉

  9. And I laugh at making you laugh like that ...
    😆

    My enthusiasm is the measure of my disappointment the day before, when I was the only one of the boat to have missed the molas-molas ... It's always very exciting to meet for the first time a bug that has never been seen before .
    😀

    Laurence, another diver, told me she saw moonfish in the Channel, too. People from World Diving have told me that there are moonfish in all the seas of the world, but it is not always easy to observe them as you can do in Nusa Penida.

    Well, well, I know what I have to do: come soak my palms in the waters of Marseille a day soon (must be a bit less cold than the Breton or Norman waters).
    8)

  10. Me, mola-mola, I hate it. I saw at the aquarium in Lisbon, I thought I was going to have a heart attack, I was too scared ...

  11. @Kikkiiii: The only interest of this comment is to teach us that there are mola-molas at the aquarium of Lisbon ... I leave it then, after having rewritten it in French (the SMS language I also use it, but only to send SMS).
    🙄

  12. Me, I'm in CE2A I'm going to CM1A or CM1B, I make a presentation, in the end, there will be plenty of parents who will be in the playground and they will watch the presentations and read, my group was working on the mola mola and the others on the giant squid or siam the elephant or the dodo good bizz 😉

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