Excitement on 2 Mile! Imagine spotting this sweet guy Scuba Diving on 2 Mile Sodwana Bay. This elaborately camouflaged fish of about 35cm adult size has “warts” and skin flaps that resemble the covered stone and coral he hides in. This camouflage aids him to catch his prey. They are able to adapt their colours to suit their surrounding from yellow to white, red, brown and even black. Popeyed Scorpion fish are nocturnalpredators, and spend the daylight hours resting in a hidden crevice in the coral. Scorpionfish are also able to ambush their prey from this position and often catch small fish by surprise. Scorpion fish are omnivorous fish and hunt small fish, crustaceans and snails on the coral reefs. Scorpionfish are able to stun their prey with their venom before eating it. Popeyed Scorpionfish also use their venomous sting to fend off unwanted predators.
The female releases between 2,000 and 15,000 eggs into the water which are fertilised by the male. The fish pair and hide so that their eggs can float into the ocean. The eggs hatch in just 2 days and the tiny fish fry remain near the surface of the water until they are bigger. When the fry reach nearly an inch in length, they swim down into the ocean to join the reef community. What a pleasure to spot this incredible fish!
There is little doubt that diving and dive charters in Sodwana Bay are our core business. We pride ourselves as being world class scuba diving instructors and take pride in our operation as being professional and safe as possible. We decree that sport scuba diving contributes to marine habitation in its entirety, constantly being vigilant and aware that we are visitors in the ocean & that we are privileged to be there and share the space with all forms of marine inhabitants.
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