2006/03/24

Asian Diver--油彩蠟膜蝦跳脫衣舞!!



新一期(4/5月)的Asian Diver真是驚奇,Jez Tryner竟然拍攝到油彩蠟膜蝦"跳脫衣舞"畫面,金"蝦"脫殼,透明夾雜藍紫殼,就這樣一層像薄紗般蛻下來,美呆了....,拍攝地點還是普吉島的Koh Ha,潛水潛到這樣境界,真是幸福啊~我會好好珍藏這本雜誌的....禱告有一天,我可以錄影錄到此畫面(上次在泰國安達曼海的Rechileu Rock,見到兩隻油彩蠟膜蝦吃海星,錄了將近二十分鐘,哎,沒有脫衣舞啊!)。

這是我的油彩臘膜蝦新專輯,竟然在安達曼海見到兩隻油彩臘膜蝦(雖然印尼很多,不過,在這個看大東西的海域可以見到,倒是值得高興!)這兩隻蝦子忙進忙吃,這隻海星很可憐,被慢慢生吞活剝,像是被凌遲處死的感覺.....我覺得這種美麗的生物,有點像痞子,配上披頭四那種鳥鳥腔調的音樂,實在是很搭...唯一讓我該切腹的,就是我沒有帶燈!!
油彩臘膜蝦v.s.披頭四

兩個查詢資料網頁..

這是魚以及seaslugs資料庫,蠻好用的....,可以查詢學名與照片,提供給潛水者參考。
fishbase
seaslugforum

2006/03/23

新計畫之變來變去....

5/2~5/7 tulamben6天(第三次 試機之旅)

5/15~5/22 mataking+sipadan 8天

6月 可以去 美娜多與藍碧10天 (第一次 是該去了....)

以及 普吉島南部的紫石 紅石

7月初 聖加拉奇

7月 阿拉斯加 動物 safari 之旅 12天

7月底 楚克+Yap

8月 tulamben (第四次)

9月 科摩多 或是 西巴丹(第五次)

10月 斐濟 (最佳季節)

2006/03/18

望著PNG面孔發呆...

你,是否經常沈溺在一種情境當中?曾經出現在旅途中的一些面孔,是否經常憶起?

雖沒去潛水,但是卻常常點進去PNG潛旅記事觀看前言,那張大家面對鏡頭張嘴大笑的照片,配上附在網頁上的音樂,回憶,就這樣開始....這些人,只見過一次面,相處不超過幾分鐘,我卻可以在遙遠的台灣,望著照片沈思與發呆!

旅行到遠方國度,潛水到世界盡頭,到底帶給我何種衝擊與改變?我現在才發現...如影隨形,純樸黝黑,帶給詼諧,帶給憨呆與疑惑,我的寶藏,難以抹滅。

毛利人,是否會如PNG人,也是這樣純樸與渾然天成?我很期待....

2006/03/13

安達曼海潛游記



在31歲生日當天,我對一位22歲金髮英國潛導微笑許願,站在SSD1一樓船艙的氣瓶裝備前面,我說"今天,是我的生日,我,特別來普吉島潛水,因為,我想看見鯨鯊,與鯨鯊共游",當然,他是熱情表示,我的生日鯨鯊將會出現在Ko Tachai,兩週之前,有潛友的確在哪裡與鯨鯊共游!其實,我不敢奢望,雖然來的季節是對了(11月~4月),到底,需要一點運氣...,我想,今年31歲生日鯨鯊不理我,我只好明年生日再來拜碼頭,祈求鯨鯊願意為我蒞臨!

我就這樣在期待當中來安達曼海潛水!

第一天(2/27)先安排到南部的潛點做one day tour,搭乘SSD1潛水船,大約兩小時(十點半),才到第一個潛點king crusier wreck,這是一個沈船,最深處大約三十公尺,能見度不佳,而且珊瑚覆蓋程度也比bali的tulamben差太多了,不過,見到沈船裡面的一些設備,包括馬桶與大砲等等,郭醫師要大家假裝坐在馬桶前面拍照,ㄟ,潛水第一天形象照就人家蹲馬桶,實在很過份!只有ACE表現最好,可說是專業級的模特兒,最精彩的,大概就是五米停留遇見的那隻紫色大水母...

上來跟金黃頭髮潛導閒聊,他說,這裡能見度大概都是這樣,第二潛,到達shark point,流很強,而且像是亂流,不過,倒是見到一隻大約十五公分長的白色鬼龍,另外還有兩隻紫色鬼龍,珊瑚景色尚可,能見度也是不佳...第三潛,回到do co mai這個島(意思是花之島),下潛能見度不佳(郭醫師已經不想拍廣角了,乾脆下去泡水),見到一隻黃色大海馬以及多到噁心的鬼龍團隊(十隻以上應該有吧!),難道,鬼龍舉家遷徙到phuket南方渡假?

第一天,就是我的生日,讓我的潛水低潮期更嚴重了一些....



第二天(3/1),嘿嘿,我32歲的首日,清晨六點就被載往普吉島北方的一個港口Thap Lamu,這個港口可以轉乘快艇往西直走到斯米蘭,只需要一小時,相當簡便,因此,選擇這家潛水公司的客人,都到這個碼頭集合,然後分搭SSD3(專程潛similan)以及SSD4(我們的走法,第一天往北方到Ko Bon,第二天會到Richelieu,然後第三天在折返到Similan潛兩個潛點順便載人),就這樣,我們有接近三十人擠在一艘快艇上面前往SSD4船!

到達船上,才發現,原來上面已經有其他潛客,而且尚未check out,我們必須趕在十一點左右下第一隻,與先前潛客隔開(很可怕,船上總計大約五十位潛客,後來才知老闆是華人,精打細算,銜接到我們必須等到他們潛到下午三點半離開,我們才可以進房間休息!),還好,第一潛就改變我們對愛賺錢的船公司看法,因為,能見度與珊瑚,還有大魚,實在是太棒了,特別是經歷南部潛點能見度不佳的失望之後,第一潛進入east of eden,見到那隻超級大明星,海鰻大哥,真是過癮!



我跟CC,還有小辮子南非籍潛導,在郭醫師與ACE尚在拍後方珊瑚美景之際,率先見到獨家的海鰻之舞,牠,見到小辮子潛導,聞到些許味道,竟然從洞裡全身游出來,往小辮子身上過去,我發出嗚~嗚~的驚叫聲,因為,錄影的同時,我見到海鰻大哥往小辮子右邊頸部靠近,小辮子不亂動,放慢呼吸,然後往後稍稍退了一下,很鎮靜的將肩膀往左傾斜,海鰻大哥繼續繞著他旋轉,畫面像是慢動作,潛水人與海鰻之舞,就這樣被我錄了下來!後來,問小辮子潛導,他說其實海鰻不會亂咬人,除非你伸出手指做出餵食動作,牠,只是出來聞味道,而身體往另外一方轉過去,就可以避免與牠正面相對!我想,還好小辮子嘴角沒有殘留螃蟹的味道!郭醫師後來到達,只有拍到牠出來的動作而已...呵呵~~精彩的畫面已經過去囉!


他說,許多潛水員不聽警告,手指就被牠咬斷了!還有,後來我們最後一天又下了一支去看牠,牠在潛導Adam千呼萬喚與各種利誘之下,就是不再出來....,心情不佳吧~

第二支氣瓶,也是在similan,下了three trees,這個潛點珊瑚也相當完整,能見度佳,潛起來很輕鬆,就這樣,等到上一批潛客離開之後,我們的船才往Ko Bon移動,大約四點在Ko Bon下一支,聽說,這裡最容易見到manta,我們一直往大海藍藍望去,的確是,沒有見到,只有小群barracuda與一隻黃尾barracuda比較特別,不過,鹿角珊瑚與萵苣珊瑚美到不行...,其實,Ko Bon是一個相當大的島,我們停在灣內等待夜潛,七點夜潛,大魚與大龍蝦,大概就是這裡的特色了..

晚上,船已經開到北方,接近緬甸邊界海域的Richelieu,我跟金黃頭髮的英國帥哥,還在祈禱見到鯨鯊....

Rechileu Rock基本上,是一個好玩但是不簡單的潛點,特別是七點就morning dive,大家就在一陣亂流(上升,下降,旋轉,往前,往後)當中,見到可愛的小黃海馬,白色鬼龍,章魚,以及油彩蠟膜蝦,還有,玻璃魚多到將divers遮住,眼睛看不見,感覺很像一堆眩光在眼前閃耀,加上軟珊瑚的遍佈,甚至,還有一個小丘上面,滿佈約五十株以上的蘋果海葵以小丑魚,郭醫師已經拍照拍到減壓,我則是拍油彩蠟膜蝦拍到過癮,雖然頭暈目眩,晨間運動激烈,而且沒有看見最可能遇見的鯨鯊,不過,很值得,難怪有人說,這裡比similan更有看頭!

潛導上來直對我說抱歉,又是晨間運動,雖然如此,還是下了第二支!好像已經習慣Richelieu Rock的亂流,如坐雲霄飛車般的令人害怕恐懼卻又著魔...下午第一潛,往南回到Richelieu Rock與Ko Bon之間的一個島,叫做Ko Tachai,而這,竟然變成有史以來我最愛的潛點--只因他的特殊地形..



下潛Ko Tachai,潛導就說,我是怪女孩,應該會很喜歡這裡的,果然,有如空降美國大峽谷的感覺,不過,旁邊多了許多大魚跟著一起飛翔,許多幾乎長寬高數十米的大石頭,躺在我們空降的地區,各種形狀都有,上面還長滿各種軟珊瑚與硬珊瑚,讚嘆造物者的偉大,有珊瑚,自然許多魚群聚集,竟然還有娃娃魚躲在硬珊瑚的縫隙當中(第一次見到躲在這裡,幾乎讓你摸不到也拍不到,真是天才,潛導說這裡的娃娃魚都這樣躲,只是,這樣要如何吃魚?),另外,因為有石頭當休息平台,許多大魚都會到此來清潔與睡覺,我們遇到一隻豹鯊,CC拍到跟豹鯊合影,就在此潛點,有趣的是,一位潛導就坐在石頭上面翹腳休息,而我,則是在海底石頭城當中穿梭來穿梭去,欣賞潛水員直立在高大的石頭牆壁前方,形成強烈對比。

我,明年還要回來下這個點,因為,聽說見到manta或是大魚停在這裡休息的機會是最高的!

下午那一支,就回到Ko Bon,看看潛導承諾我的鯨鯊禮物,不過,還是沒有下聞。晚上則是開船回到similan,準備再潛三支similan知名潛點,不過,我的心,還是停在那些怪地形以及美麗巨石身上,這,讓我的潛水倦怠期好像提前復工了。第一潛,跑去一個平台上面叫做shark fin reef放流,見到許多ray躺在平台上面休息,大隻的幾乎是一台汽車般可觀,只是放流速度太快與平台太深,因此無法下去觀察看看,算是很輕鬆有趣的潛點,第二潛,原先要潛boulder city,後來因為流實在太強,改成去Anita reef,結果,竟然也是巨石海底城,廣角拍出來的景象,相當壯麗,我則是驚訝於五米以上海濤拍打在巨石上面,從海底往上看得絢麗景象,波濤飛揚以及藍光透徹,巨大聲響以及魚群環繞,不拍了,只想好好感受這一切,這一刻真的享受到潛水的最大樂趣!最後一支,則是回去east of eden看海鰻大哥,好笑的是,Adam色誘牠,利誘牠,但是牠就是不出來跳舞了...



我只知道,安達曼海,已經治癒我的潛水倦怠症(從PNG開始發病的),因為能見度,因為特殊地形,因為漫天飛舞的玻璃魚與烏尾冬,還有許多大魚的相遇,甚至,油彩蠟膜蝦與鬼龍等微距攝影神奇生物都跑出來,當然,陽光,船上風光,潛導(這次去,認識幾位潛導好朋友),還有尼可拉斯凱吉主演的電影"軍火之王"可看,泰式酸辣美食...,吸引我再回去過32歲生日的原因太多了,而這裡,已經成為我心目中好潛點的第四名了!(第一是tulamben,第二是sipadan,第三是palau)

Link(1)潛水公司以及SSD4介紹(2)照片欣賞(3)潛水影片,呵呵~尚在孵蛋,還沒生出來
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  • 2006/03/10

    推薦好書!!

    那天到好友Fredjame(石墨工房連結)的網頁,看到他推薦的幾本書,因為他是業界知名的網頁與電腦高手,我當然飛奔書店買幾本來閱讀,其中,我剛讀完的是"誰沒部落格"這本書,目前,影響我的生活,影響我對外的連結管道,影響我的知識分享與吸收,都是來自於"Blog"!


    我終於了解部落格對知識分享,人類活動以及世界溝通有何深層意含,相當有意思!
    這本書,介紹給目前有部落格,或是,還沒有部落格,但是很愛在部落格閒晃的朋友參考..

    此外,CC是愛吃的美食主義者,我們共同創立了一個部落格,叫做"Jenny's Gourmet"部落格連結,你愛吃嗎?可以是一片蔥油餅,可以是一碗乾麵,也可以是高級日本與義大利料理,CC口袋名單多到無法想像,許多已經吃過,許多每天進行一家,有些許心得與推薦,會慢慢po上去,希望一起來品嚐與共鳴...

    2006/03/09

    2006/03/08

    Taipei Times--PNG spells adventure

    Taipei Times--

    PNG spells adventure原文連結
    By Paul Miles
    THE GUARDIAN , PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND NEW GUINEA
    Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006

    It's the ultimate destination for wannabe adventures and explorers - the island on which scientists have just discovered a 'lost world'


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    Earlier this month, scientists reported that deep in the jungle-clad mountains of the island of New Guinea there is a "lost world." The finds weren't as dramatic as dinosaurs or man-eating plants, but there was a new bird, some frogs, butterflies and a few plants, all previously unknown to science. The expedition members dropped in on the Foja mountains by helicopter and explored an area untouched by humans. A "Garden of Eden," they called it.
    It was an impressive discovery by today's standards, but a few decades ago such finds were commonplace.

    Just 76 years ago, gold prospectors from Australia found unexplored land in the Highland mountains of what was then the Australian Territories of Papua and New Guinea. In 1930, the new life-form wasn't amphibious or avian, but human: thousands of people, previously uncontacted by the outside world.

    The gold prospectors took a 16mm cine camera on their expedition. First Contact, the resulting crackly film, is still in circulation and makes for excellent viewing. As well as bemusement over the white men's wind-up gramophones, there was puzzlement over the heavy rucksacks their porters carried. What did they contain? This must be where the white men hid their wives.


    The Melanesian Highlanders thought the Caucasian Australians were their ancestors returned from the dead. The white ghosts lapped up the reverence and persuaded the mere mortals to clear a runway for a "big bird" to land from the sky.

    The Highlands have never been the same since. In came the gold miners, missionaries, doctors and administrative johnnies. Now there are even tourists. Wealthy Americans (mostly) visit New Guinea to experience a Discovery Channel-type vacation, spotting birds of paradise, or manipulating massive underwater cameras to photograph a rare, thumbnail-sized pygmy seahorse.

    The reefs are some of the most pristine in the world, with some of the highest biodiversity. On the live-aboard dive-boat MV Chertan, I met an American who has dived more than 5,000 times in over 10 countries.

    He rates Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay as "the best."

    It is the highest island in the world and, culturally, the most diverse, with over 800 languages spoken. Tiny planes -- some belonging to the Missionary Aviation Fellowship -- carry paying passengers to precarious airstrips carved in jungles and mountain-sides. For the independent traveller, there are basic church guesthouses and a few village home-stays.

    If you prefer more comfort but less authenticity, there is an African-style lodge 2,133m up above the tropical seas in the Southern Highlands. Ambua, with its round, kunai-grass-thatched chalets and communal dining room with cosy fireplace, is less than an hour's flight (or eight hours' drive) from the nearest town, Mount Hagen.

    Up in the Southern Highlands, it rains for 300 days a year. The jungles are home to birds of paradise, dinner-plate-sized moths and, possibly, tree kangaroos. Near the lodge, there's a suspension bridge over a gorge made entirely from vines.

    The local Huli people still wear traditional costume -- not just for tourist shows or annual gatherings, but to parade their importance or show respect.

    Down on the sultry plains, where the mighty Sepik flows, there are tribes with initiation rites which involve hundreds of painful incisions, rubbed with river mud.

    Here in the chilly Highlands, adolescent boys retreat into the jungle together for 18 months to attend a "wig school" where they learn to grow their hair. For a year and a half, the men stay away from women, exercise to develop a perfect physique and lavish much attention on their head. They sprinkle it three times a day with rainwater, sleep on a special wooden headrest and must not run for fear of spoiling their coif.

    They also hunt for birds of paradise. They then cut off their locks and weave them into a headdress the shape of a bird's nest, decorated with feathers and flowers.

    There is an explanation for this. The totem of the people from the riverine plain is a crocodile: with their new blistering welts, the men's skin looks reptilian. The totem of the Huli people is a bird of paradise: the men decorate themselves like the exotic birds.

    There's nothing like a holiday in PNG to turn you into an anthropologist.


    For your information:
    Ecotourism Melanesia (em.com.pg) has village accommodation and guided treks.
    Live-aboard dive boat: www.chertan.com.