When it comes to exploring the big blue, a few things that come to mind easily are coral reefs, whales and may be even shipwrecks. But few people would be really adventurous enough to take a look at the bottom of the ocean or the 70% of the land that is under water.
It is not all muck
Not everything in the ocean is floating around; there is plenty to see at the bottom as well. The term muck refers to all the sediments that usually settle on the ocean floor. These sediments can sometimes include man made garbage, sand, dead coral, lost or damaged fishing gear to name a few. But that is not all, you are most likely to encounter some of the most extraordinary and exotic marine life in some of these places as well. Many people actually travel to specialised locations where browsing through the sediments are considered a sport or an adventure. A special place that offers such exploration opportunities can be found in Indonesia and the Lembeh strait dive resorts are very popular with novice and seasoned divers alike. They offer facilities, guided tours, and equipment rentals that are needed for exploring the sand beds.
What to expect
Every globetrotting underwater explorer knows the value of a healthy reef system and what they can offer. Many experienced professionals spend a lot of time and money scouting the best locations to go under water. And they know how to appreciate a beautiful location teeming with life and colour. Similarly, the sandy bottom, with all its silt sediments and debris can offer the same wow effect, and in some instances even more as some of the least expected sights can be found here.
Underwater settings are a great attraction for photographers and when it comes to the sediments, it is the macro photographers that take the lead. And some of the best opportunities for up close, zoomed in photography are in Bali diving spots such as Secret Bay, Mimpi Channel & Amed Ghost Bay to name a few. Some of the very exotic and exciting life forms you might encounter in these murky waters are blue ringed octopuses, pipefish, lion fish, eels, types of shrimp and even upside down jelly fish crabs.
When swimming in this sediment filled areas, quick or sweeping glances are discouraged, as you will miss most of the life forms that live down there. Therefore when it comes to muck diving, it is important that divers take a patient and a focused approach. And many of the life forms are so well camouflaged that you are bound to miss them of you fail to pay attention. Care also needs to be taken not to disturb the sandy floor as one can easily disturb the layers of debris that lie there, creating a very cloudy atmosphere. This will disrupt the expedition and the animals that live there as well.
So for the next adventure select a location out of the ordinary and experience the great exotic life that live beneath the reefs and gallons of water.