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Pemba Scuba Diving
Dive Site: Mtangani South
Location: Mtangani, Pemba, Tanzania
Description: Reef / drift
Depth: 29 metres (95 feet)
Visibility: 10 - 15 metres (30 - 50 feet)
We dived here as a last dive of the day before mooring up in Mtangani Lagoon where we would spend the next few days searching for hammerhead sharks. The reef slopes gently down to about 40 metres and there are lots of boulders covered in prolific coral and algal growth. The reef was in good condition but the current was ripping and it made it very difficult to see any of the detail. The prominent feature was the green algae and soft corals that covered everything giving everything a 'soft focus' feel as the current moved it about in the water. A lot of reef fish such as unicornfish and wrasse were swimming in big shoals and there were big clouds of anthias and fusiliers. There was some unusual effects in the water itself where freshwater from the lagoons was mixing with the seawater in layers, leaving a shimmering that you would normally associate with cavern or cave diving. The freshwater run off also caused the visibility to deteriorate to about 10 metres in places.
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