The shark team woke to a balmy morning and were greeted by a staple breakfast here at Villa Nangka, of tropical fruit and toast prepared by our friends Hendra, Dan and Pudja. We set off down the dirt road to Oceans 5 dive centre, with a box of mackerel and our stinky bate cage in hand.
Once geared up, we hopped on the boat and set off for one of the many dive sights around the Gili’s – this morning we headed to Sunset point, stopping near Gili Trawangan Harbour to drop the BRUV (baited remote underwater video – one of our main projects!). We took the salinity, temperature, current and GPS location of our BRUV site, and two sharkies hopped in to lower it down and secure it. Another short ride to Sunset point, we hopped in and started our first survey dive of the day, where we spotted 2 juvenile white tip reef sharks sleeping under a rock, a big black tip reef sharp, many green and hawksbill turtles and a massive Jenkin’s ray, which was so incredible!
After our survey dive, we hopped back on the boat and headed back to pick up the BRUV and back to the dive centre where we prepared our gear, ate some delicious vegan cake from Coffee and Thyme and waited for our second survey dive at 11:30am. On this dive, we went to Bounty Wreck, a beautiful site between Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. We came across many a green sea turtle, and took some photos to ID them in the afternoon.
Once we arrived back at the dive site we collated our survey data parted ways for lunch, before meeting back at our wonderful Villa Nangka HQ. The afternoon consisted of inputting our data into online research databases called sharkbase and e-oceans, as well as our own database, whilst singing along (if you can even call it singing…i’m not too sure) to Whitney Houston and Elvis.
The rest of the day we had free time to chill out, enjoy the island, and listen to the boys at Nangka play acoustic covers of their favourite songs before meeting the other shark warriors for a traditional dinner by the beach at a local Warung. It was definitely a day well spent if you ask me!
By Bella, 20, Australia