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Wall of tuna
Today’s wreck diving was postponed a bit for another pelagic encounter, this time tuna. As divers were getting ready to enter the water, sudden splashes disturbed the still surface of the ocean. Towards the new moon, minnows start massing for migration up the Bone River where Miguel’s Diving has its docks. These minnows in turn draw pelagic predators. This morning’s dramatic show was large Shipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) turning the water into froth because of their feeding, estimated at weighing 10-kilos. Not often seen in the water, these torpedo-shaped fish ignored the inquisitive humans who swam close enough to enjoy the beautiful blue scrawling towards the tail. Julianne, who is gaining a reputation in Gorontalo for pelagic encounters, described the experience as “a wall of tuna.” The photo is from another encounter, that time with several Dogtooth tuna, which are often sighted by divers in Gorontalo.
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