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In Pulau Weh, most divers come to get the "big", the deep, the current. And me, who never does anything like the others, I have fun in a few meters of water on the beach, chasing small animals.
The "house reef"
Welcome to the house-reef of the centre. Lumba Lumba, on Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh (Banda Aceh, Sumatra).
Among the usual small tropical underwater creatures, two new ones for me: one lacy scorpion-fish, purple rhinopias with delicate lace (more famously nicknamed Larry by local divers), and a shy little mimic octopus, unearthed by the incredible Aris, one of our Indonesian guides.
A few seconds after the photo above, pffttt... The tiny octopus flattened itself like a chewing gum to run as far as possible on the sand, intimidated by our bubbles and my flash!
Below are some portraits of the more common and charming underwater creatures that inhabit the Gapang Beach house-reef.