Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in the TAR Park (TARP) was a buzz yesterday when the morning dive boat returned to the Beach House on Gaya Island with a group of very happy divers from Australia, UK, Denmark and Holland.
The excitement was over a Black Ribbon Eel that they discovered on a deep dive just a couple of minutes boat ride from our Island Dive Centre.
Our knowledge and experience tells us that these delightful little critters remain in the same area for some time, so revisiting this prize find should be possible.
Ribbon Eels (Rhinomuraena quaesita) are a rare find and quite secretive usually only showing their head and their distinctively large flared nostrils.
Should a diver get to close, they will hide away in their hole and probably stay hidden for a few minutes.
Black Ribbon Eels with a yellow dorsal fin are juveniles and sub adults.
To read more about Ribbon Eels please peruse our dedicated Marine Biology Section within our website.