Layang Layang Blues

Diving in Layang Layang, Sabah, Malaysia. The cheapest place to see schooling Hammerheads annually (if you are lucky).

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Human Missiles

Wx- very good for 1 week and then rain for 4 days, now back to hot sun and calm seas

Some characters in human never change. Everyone seems to forget that a hammerhead is a SHARK. Divers swims off into the blue as fast they can chasing after the hammerheads. One day some unlucky diver is going to get bitten by one in defense because the HH thinks it is being attacked. We wonder if the same divers go to Africa and chase the lions, hyenas, leopards..... when they see them.

Next, we wonder if any diver ever think that they are special (god's gift to diving) and can't get bent. They were taught all the rules and regulations regarding being a safe and responsible diver. But when they see a hammerhead, they throw all rules and precautions away. Aiyah, the lure and hazards of hammerheads.

Another thing, divers argue over the funniest matters. A deck chair. Can you believe this? What happened to all the nice people anymore? We know where the blame lies. It is because they never saw the hammerheads, right?

We spotted 2 whale sharks at different locations at the same time. They hung around and played with the divers (lucky buggers). Schooling hammerheads periodically. Ever read or heard about a German guy that came to Layang Layang and discovered the 7 theories of finding hammerheads? We met Mr. 8,9 and 10 later, down here. We are going to set up a board so that all the potential hammerhead researchers/theoreticians can contribute to it (HOW TO FIND HAMMERHEADS).

We have also met some of the nicest divers in the world. They come here to be on holiday. They don't care what they see as long as they can dive. They are so relaxed that they are the ones that see everything. And they have no theories about anything except chilling out.

We had dolphins coming into the lagoon to play a few times. Hasn't happened since 1997/8. Thresher, mobulars, mantas, jacks, dogtooth, pygmy sea horse ....... All still around.

As you are well aware, we are in the middle of Golden week. A lot of repeaters from Japan. We also have a good mix of HKers, German, French ...... making up about 50% of total divers.

That's it for now until next time. Hope you enjoy the frivolities of your fellow divers. All pics by etsuko, kurt and seok.

Ps. There were these guys in the pool playing football. Trying to do heading with a beer can full of water. Of course, you guessed it. One of them have to have 3 stitches on the top of his scalp. And he was lucky to have a surgeon here for holidays to stitch it without charge.


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