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|| Koh Rin Bay
||About 1km southwest of Hin Khao
||Average 7m / Maximum 14m
A steadily sloping reef, consisting of fallen rocks covered with a few foliaceous corals, falls dramatically to the north in the south east bay. A higher percentage of corals slowly begin to dominate the rocks to a depth of 12m, where you find sea whips and black coral bushes.
The diversity of marine life is above average for the area, with many examples of harlequin sweetlips, snappers, squirrelfish and lionfish. Communities of magnificent sea anemones, three-spot dascyllus, basslets and chromis are restricted to the rocky ledges. Neptune barrel sponges lodge among the crevices and are inhabited by moray eels and a range of invertebrates. The shallow bay is ideal for snorkelling.
Watching out for the Reef: Coral Conservation Guide for Divers
• Avoid touching live corals. You can kill them with your bare hands.
• Keep your gauge and octopus hoses close to yourself and prevent them damaging the reef.
• Secure your weight belt. Dropping of the weights can destroy the reef.
• Refrain from chasing or touching animals, especially manta rays and whale sharks.
•Maintain a comfortable distant and enjoy
Many divers unintentionally destroy corals whilst diving.
Here are a few guidelines on how to avoid doing so.
• Use the correct amount of weight to aid in your buoyancy.
• Control your fins; keep them away from the reefs and avoid kicking sand onto the corals.
• Do not pick up organic objects (dead or alive) from the sea. Likewise, please do not buy shells or other decorative products made from sea animals.
• Do not stand or rest on the stone-like corals. After all, they are living animals.
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