Article by Francesco Zezza
Let’s go ahead, and in more detail, in exploring the
underwater landscapes of Lake Malawi; this report refers to my first trip
in 1997 when our stay had been mostly spent on the Tanzanian coast in the
area surrounding Mbamba Bay (in realiity, we moved by boat North along the
cost up from Chinula Camp to Liuli). The actual dive took place on Hongi
Dive number 380
(3rd November 1997). Boat dive, sunny weather, calm lake surface, crisp water. Bottom time:
65 minutes, max depth: 12 mt/36 ft. Lots of M’buna wandering along the
rocks (this place happens to be the “discovery place” of the well known
Labidochromis sp. “Hongi”); while among Haps - mostly found in sandy areas
– alot of Copadichromis were spotted. Of course, many Aulonocara were
members of the gang. A two meter long crocodile rushed away from the rocky
coast, passing above us while we were diving; what a pity we missed seeing
him … His presence was reported to us by utterly scared boat-crew and
other fellows snorkelling along the Island
And here we go with more pics:
place (from surface, … be patient!).
Local people on
a canoe, (pic shot on the way to Hongi Island).
This Copadichromis male (likely) decided to turn on
himself (see females on foreground!) in the VERY moment I shot the pic.
Just my luck!
Copadichromis male, coming out of his den (at right).
That’s how the
real thing (the lake!) looks like …
All pics (above and below the water) were shot by me; not to be
reproduced without permission. I've also rearranged the map to suit
the needs of this article.
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