This is the Plates better know as batfish. Adults are rather disc-shaped fish, with laterally compressed bodies and large dorsal and anal fins that give individuals a somewhat triangular profile. They can reach lengths of around 70 centimeters . They love to hang in the currents and a a welcomed companion during the safety stop.
It's the red-tailed butterlyfish, Very common fish around the Similan islands. It usually swims at depths of between 3 and 15 meters. It can grow to 18 cm in length. The red-tailed butterflyfish is brown to black, with lighter scales giving it a spotted appearance. It has a prominent, vertical white streak behind the eyes, a dark stripe over the eyes, and another, smaller white stripe in front of the eyes. The base of the tail is bright red, followed by a black stripe. The tip of the tail is diffuse white. Its diet consists of coral polyps.
You can see the red-tailed butterflyfish on a Similan islands diving trip
This is a zebra shark, in Thailand also known as leopard shark. During the day, zebra sharks are sluggish and usually found resting on the sea bottom, sometimes using their pectoral fins to prop up the front part of their bodies and facing into the current with their mouths open to facilitate respration. Reef channels are favored resting spots, since the tightened space yields faster, more oxygenated water. They become more active at night or when food becomes available. Zebra sharks are strong and agile swimmers, propelling themselves with pronounced anguilliform (eel-like) undulations of the body and tail. In a steady current, they have been seen hovering in place with sinuous waves of their tails.
The zebra shark feeds primarily on shelled molluscs, though it also takes crabs, lobster,crayfish shrimps, small fish.
This is a parrotfish
Parrotfishes are a group of about 95 species traditionally regarded as a family, but now often considered a subfamily of the wrasses They are found in relatively shallow tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world, displaying their largest species richness in the Indo Pacific . They are found in coral reefs, rocky coasts, and seagrass beds.
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Simple Tips for Preventing Seasickness (Divers Alert Network)Seasickness is a condition individuals may experience when on a moving platform. It involves a general feeling of illness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It is also called motion sickness. Passive motions disturb fluid movement within the labyrinth and affects one’s sense of balance and equilibrium. It is exaggerated when the brain receives conflicting messages delivered from the eyes, muscles and joint sensors (proprioceptors). In a closed room, the view indicates that the surroundings are still, while the signals from the labyrinth indicate that the body is moving. Motion sickness can occur when traveling on a ship, plane, train, bus or car. Some people are more sensitive than others, but if the motion stimuli are strong and the exposure lasts long enough, nearly all individuals will experience it.
The symptoms of motion sickness include dizziness, sweating, nausea, vomiting and a general feeling of discomfort or illness. Symptoms can strike suddenly and progress from simply not feeling well to cold sweats, dizziness and vomiting. Motion sickness is more common in women and in children 2-12 years old. Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches are also more prone to motion sickness. Motion sickness lasts as long as the motion lasts. Once the motion stops, symptoms quickly subside. Some people feel “sea legs” after a long sojourn at sea.
Prevention and Management
If you know you have motion sickness or might be prone to it, consider this advice:
Motion sickness can be treated with over-the-counter and prescription drug products.
The best time for diving at the Similan islands is January, February and March. The visibility is at it's best , the seas are calm, blue skies and you've the best change to see the whale sharks and manta rays.
To get the most out of your diving experience take a Similan islands liveaboard trip.
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What to see during a Similan islands liveaboard ?
Diving with marbled stingrays at the Similan islands. See it yourself.
The Similan islands are open from the 15th of October till the 15th of May.
Several dive centers are offering Similan islands liveaboard trips.