With some fish, critters and coral out there – it is hard to sometimes realize that the stories and details about each species can be truly amazing. There are several stories and lots of information about the Marine life around the Similan Islands. I had a good laugh about some of the analogies made!
There are some articles about Bumphead parrotfish, nudibranchs and turtles. These are all things tat people commonly see and are curious to learn more about.
However the articles on the Wenteltraps and Cuttlefish were really fun to read. Not just scientific dribble that you see in a lot of these postings.
from the cuttlefish article:
“Space ships. I don’t think I have ever dived anywhere else where I have seen so many space ships (cuttlefish 🙂 – and not just during night dives but during the day as well. For me these highly evolved, highly intelligent, elephantine mollusks have always appeared extraterrestrial. The way in which they hover, speed backwards and perform a stunning display of electric flashes so utterly hypnotic that leaves you wondering what level of evolution they have achieved.”
The best time to visit the Similan Islands National Marine Park is from mid October to early May. It is during this time that the seas are calm, the visibility is at its very best, and the large Marine Life (like Whale Sharks and Manta Rays) are making their annual migrations to feed on yearly plankton blooms. The water temperature around the Similans varies between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius, so most divers prefer a 3 mm wetsuit. Depending on environmental factors the water clarity ranges from 10 to 40 meters. Adventures to the nine islands of this amazing archipelago can either be done by Similan Liveaboard or day trip diving from Khao Lak. The Similan Islands National Park closes from May to October when western Thailand is experiencing the southeastern monsoons.