Emperor angelfish having a snack

Dive sites (Southern Mozambique): Steps

Powder blue surgeonfish and goldies
Powder blue surgeonfish and goldies

Steps is a long, narrow reef running for about 4 kilometres in a north-south direction, making it ideal for drift dives on days when the current is strong. It’s relatively narrow, and ranges from about 13 to 16 metres’ depth. The reef is made up of a series of overhangs and gullies, providing abundant habitat for fish and other marine life.

I was happy to see both a male and a female boxy – I love these fish, and their nonchalant ways. We didn’t see any large creatures on this dive except for turtles, but I enjoyed the opportunity to try some fish photography. They just won’t sit still! Yellow and blue banded snapper are the only ones who oblige the cameraman, as they seem to be remarkably placid and reluctant to break their tight formations over the reef.

Emperor angelfish having a snack
Emperor angelfish having a snack

Oddly, I got cold towards the end of this dive, and surfaced for that reason rather than being low on air or time. I think it was because we didn’t actually have to swim much, and I’m a lazy finner to begin with. I never believed I’d get cold in 25 degree water, but with a lowered core temperature from dives earlier in the day it can happen!

Dive date: 9 May 2012

Air temperature: 25 degrees

Water temperature: 25 degrees

Maximum depth: 15.2 metres

Visibility: 10 metres

Dive duration: 58 minutes

Blue banded snapper
Blue banded snapper

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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