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Having a marine biologist for a girlfriend is not exactly a safe situation for any sensible man. She’s not a mermaid but she spends a lot of her time in the sea. And she forced me to learn how to dive. But I would never admit that I was forced. Now, we’re going to Anilao, Batangas so that she can show me the Sepok. She said that the Sepok is, by far, the prettiest dive area in Anilao.
I shrugged and thought about the many times we’ve dived in Anilao. For novice divers, like I was once, the best areas to dive are the Bonete, the Arthur’s, and the Koala. The waters are clear enough that the diver can still see a variety of marine life diving at fifty feet. There are hard and soft corals decorating these dive sites. Corals are exoskeleton structures of marine animals. At Arthur’s, one may find more anemones, clown fishes and goblin fishes.
If a tourist is looking for a shallow dive, he may visit three different areas: The Coral Gardens, the Devil’s Point Twin Rocks, and the Mainit. These dives may be shallow but they still offer a variety of invertebrates, particularly, the nudibranchs. At other areas, such as the Bajura abd the Beatrice Rock, a diver may encounter schools of trigger fishes. Sometimes jacks and surgeons will nonchalantly swim by.
The best dive site I’ve seen, however, is aptly called the “Cathedral”. At fifty feet beneath the water surface, it is marked by large a cross, between two large mounds, thus the name “Cathedral”. It is also known as a feeding station of fishes. With much coral growth, this dive site appears fantastic at night.
Night diving is a great time to bring with you those high-tech portable cameras with underwater capabilities. This is the perfect time to see multi-colored marine life. The variety of nudibranchs will simply astound any diver. And only during night dives can a person see the most unusual creatures, which demonstrate a phenomenon called bioluminescence. This phenomenon can be thought of as “cold bio-light”. With bioluminescence, plants and animals shine at dark and the most obvious example of this on land is the firefly. In the sea, however, numerous aquatic forms show such cold light. And when you dive at night, you will find and identify them. Some of these creatures are the sea hares, the sea goblins, the catfish eels, the ghost pipe fishes, the blue-ringed octopuses, the mandarin fishes, and the snake eels.
I cut through the water and followed my girl to this Sepok area. I found that it is actually an underwater garden of corals with a vertical wall. I took as much pictures as I can. As we went back to the surface, I told her that she was right. It is the prettiest dating place we’ve been to.