D(r)ive Route 66 NW! (www.DiveSriLanka.com)
By Dharshana Jayawardena.

Depth: 15 Meters.

Welcome to Route 66 Northwest. The only decent Highway in Sri Lanka! We have to sadly admit that the fish here swim better than us Sri Lankans drive!

We always wondered why this place is called Route 66. The meter high ridge covered with coral and full of crevices for lobsters and Lionfish does look lot like a route that winds from North West to South East. But what clinched it could have been the scores of tires left behind by passing motorists! Top Left: The unusual sight of a fish (Snapper) swimming over a tire!

Top Right: Swimming with Barracuda's! Suddenly the ocean turned silver and we were amidst a huge school of Pick Handle Bara's who over took us on the highway. What a thrilling experience!

Left: A school of Sri Lankan Rabbitfish.

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A Black Spotted Puffer resting. Possibly after a punch in the eye from another fish.

A duo of Lionfish.

Possibly guarding a hatch, a VERY large & aggressive Titan Triggerfish wizzes back and forth around us. We got the message and withdrew to a safe distance.

A Lobster glares at the Bulls Eye or is it at us? We strongly suspect the latter.

A Blue Lined Grouper inspects an irritated shrimp who seemed to say "No lunch here today buddy! Scoot!"

Brilliant Visibility. Divers can see large pelagic fish 20M to 30M away. Unfortunately out of range from out camera.

Heavy traffic flows Northwest on Route 66.

A small Blue Spotted Sting Ray hides under a rock. The "sting" can clearly be seen on the tail. Also parked on the left are two Golden Cardinalfish.

Gray Sweetlips feeding on Coral.

An Albino Species of Lionfish. We figured so because it appeared white even with a Torch Light and Camera Flasher on.

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Photo Credits: (c) www.DiveSriLanka.com by Dharshana Jayawardena.