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The rocks with the white trees

By Dharshana Jayawardena

Depth: 30 Meters.

Large swells produce a considerable current as we struggle to swim down the anchor line. The dusty haze that envelops the shallow suddenly clears and a vast panorama of rock complexes suddenly emerges beneath us. Today the pelagic fish life is poor; yet there are many things to see. For starters the arresting sight of Black Coral Trees in all their white glory. Then the small to medium things in life. Shining little Crabs, Bandit Shrimps, Moray Eels, small Groupers, Pufferfish, Butterflyfish and Surgeonfish.

The Black Coral Point is full of rocks. Most of them very large and loom over you with subtle menace. Pretty trees of Black Coral are profusely abundant giving the site its name. Sharp cracks and crevices within the rocks harbor a variety of reef fish. Cleaning stations are abundant with fish stopping over with their gills invitingly spread wide open for the darting iridescent blue Cleaner Wrasse.

Being close to the shore this site is very easily accessible. It has enough distractions to keep you busy for hours.

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A Vermilion Rock Cod seeks refuge beneath a rocky shelf

Coral feed against the gentle current

In the shallows: An ascending diver silhouetted against a small Jellyfish

A shoal of small fish form a ball to escape predators

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Photographed on the 1st of February 2007 by Dharshana Jayawardena