26 Septembre 2012
Dive site : Taotoï - Moorea
Date : Friday, 26 August 2011, 10:00am
Editor : Mary anne - TOPDIVE
Divemaster : Guillaume
Located closer to the dive center, Taotoi was 5 minutes away. A passage found mid-way between the Opunohu bay and the Hauru point, it’s undersea topography is characterized with dramatic contours of nooks, crannies, under hangings sheltering countless reef dwellers.
Also a favourite shark hang-out, we spied 2 black-tipped sharks on the surface as we anchored. Upon the descent, we were encircled by a larger number as we got to the bottom. Unfazed by the amazing shark action, everyone seemed calm and collected…just a bit more curious to find a larger concentration of sharks compared to the first dive. It was impressive to see the huge number of sharks just circling us and not feeling the least bit afraid…just very cautious.
There were 2 other dive boats of divers and snorkelers that anchored near us…the sharks seemed to be used to the company.
Guillaume attempted an approach and started a "ballet" with sharks. This time the sharks seem to be pushier. Guillaume observes them in a relaxed and fearless manner. I had gotten the impression that he seemed to be doing this awhile. Didn’t want to get too close to him, though…just in case. They seemed used to him like he was used to them.
After this brief session, we continued on our dive route. We spot a sleeping shark resting on the bottom. My diver colleagues immediately take to photographing it. I felt anxious seeing this, since I was not familiar the nature of this species and I was half expecting it to take an unexpected bite out of him. Again, we observed a sea turtle that seemed quite used to diver presence.
A Moray eel darted out of a rocky formation to the shelter of another smaller formation a foot away. He must have sensed the action so came out to take a look. Unlike their asian counter parts, moray eels in Polynesia are best to be left alone. They are fearless and have known to be aggressive when provoked. Again, the rich reef life astounded me ; Moorish idols, blue reef fish, squirrelfish, triggerfish, unicorns, all took a bee-line for Guillaume.
Our dive finally came to an end and as we surfaced I noticed that there were still at least 4-5 sharks circling the boat. All black tips! I found this quite impressive to be so close to sharks and yet assured of their docility ??? Moorea is indeed a shark attraction.
© photos Vincent Truchet, Stephen Frink