Dive Pigeon Rock (www.DiveSriLanka.com)
Pigeon Island, Trincomalee
By Dharshana Jayawardena

Depth: 15 Meters.

Pigeon Rock is situated to the East (right side) of the boat approach in to Pigeon Island. The West (left) side of the boat approach is shallower and a good snorkeling area. We have spotted Black Tip Reef Sharks (which favor shallow depths) many a time there. Pigeon Rock is an ideal place for both day and night dives.

Top Left: Last of the divers about to do a back flip into the night.

Top Right: Upon descent we witness a large Black Spotted Crab (Carpilius macultus).

Left: A very friendly Cuttlefish! This chap didn't budge and inch when we surrounded it from all sides.

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A Glass Eye (a type of Bigeye species) reflects a powerful beam of light from it's dish like eye. In the gloom of the dark, this night time predator gives the impression of having head lamps on when the beam of a torch is directed upon it.

An Anemone hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus). Two sea anemones (Calliactis) grow on the crabs shell protecting the crab from predators by means of providing camoflage as well as a deterent of stinging tentacles. In return the anemones feed on the remnants of the crabs messy culnary habits.

A Big-eye Dusky Cardinalfish on the prowl.

A sleeping Parrotfish under a rocky crevice.

An Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish feeds among Corals.

Beautiful soft Coral provides a safe haven for a Fusilier.

A sleeping Black Boxfish female.

A Sea Slug of sorts.

A Crown Of Thorns hunting in the night.

Graceful Coral (Dendrophyllia gracilis) feeding at night

A beautiful rounded colony of crested Coral (Oulophyllia crispa)

A Fusilier and a Goatfish resting on a sandy bottom.

A growth of grape Coral.

A Sea Cucumber of sorts.

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Photo Credits: (c) www.DiveSriLanka.com by Dharshana Jayawardena