The Moalboal Sardine Run

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Do you want to go dive with millions of fish today? Well, in Moalboal you can. The area has a permanent shoal just yards from shore and it is an incredible sight to behold. The massive shoal of fish pulses as divers, snorkellers and fish move around it. Occasionally, people see Thresher Sharks here, on a rare foray to shallow water to feed on this mass of fish.

On our dive with Magic Island Dive Resort, we dropped into the water away from the shoal, to avoid getting too close to the many snorkelers you will find in this area. This worked out perfectly, as we soon came across a lovely squid that was willing to pose for our video cameras.

Then it was time to experience the Moalboal Sardine Run. It is a huge school of fish that must be made up of millions of individuals. It can turn the water dark as it blocks the sun as they swim above you. The fish are constantly in motion, feeding and avoiding predators, all moving in perfect synchrony. We even had a turtle swim through the shoal whilst we were diving beneath it.

The dive is a great additional to the wonderful reef and macro dives that are associated with this area. It is a spectacle not to be missed. The dive is in shallow water, where you can dive within the shoal in just a few meters, and then get underneath it at about 10 meters. Underwater photographers can take advantage of this shallow dive and spend their time getting shots of the shoal moving and forming incredible patterns.

The diving is wonderfully varied in this area. So far we have told you about the Mandarin Fish mating at dusk, and the sardine run of Moalboal, next up will be the Whalesharks of Oslob…

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Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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