|Road near Khairan, southern Kuwait.|
June 6th 2014
First to "North Marker" at Um Al Maradim, then to "Donkey Reef" near Khairan in Southern Kuwait.
The first dive ('80 mins) was in a rather shallow part of the upper reef near the piling (down to 12 m.). On the descent we usually see Teira Batfish and beautiful Long-fined Bannerfish on the lighthouse pole structures. The reef looked like it was in pretty good shape; plenty of fish. On the sand flat a big stingray (perhaps a young Taeniura meyeni). A new species for me here is the Striped Cardinalfish, otherwise common (in other Gulf Countries to the south).
Second dive was near Khairan. Shallow, down to about 6 m. This place is called "Donkey Reef" by the British, perhaps its the large boulder-like formations of corals on the reef slope that may have inspired this. It was amazingly turbid (visibility maybe 4 m at best). The awe-inspiring thing here were the whirling schools of trevallies and small barracuda, and generally many groups of small fishes. And a ofcourse a goby I cannot identify.
So much to see, so much to share.