Asian Diver (English) - - 1,000 Words - Text & im­age by YamMo

where you would least ex­pect it. The party par­adise of Koh Tao is well-known for train­ing more divers than any­where else in Asia. It is def­i­nitely not fa­mous for its crit­ters. How­ever, off the beaten track, an­other world ex­ists.

“Ao Luek” is a hid­den gem of a dive site. Strewn with colour­ful nudi­branchs and dot­ted with blue-ring oc­to­pus, an even closer look will re­veal one of the world’s most sought af­ter macro crea­tures, one that few knew to be found in Thai­land, and even fewer knew to ex­ist in Koh Tao.

The hairy shrimp is a speck-sized crit­ter that needs some pretty spe­cial eyes to spot. If you are not fa­mil­iar with them then all you will see is a piece of life­less “dust”. But if you take the time to scope the ben­thos, and in­ves­ti­gate the world of the tiny, then you will be re­warded with a sight­ing of one of the most bizarre lit­tle an­i­mals on our planet.

Be­hold, the hairy shrimp, one of Koh Tao’s most un­ex­pected res­i­dents!

“If you do not ex­pect the un­ex­pected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.”


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