Abe taking photos at the Kiyosumi Maru
School of fish
At the Kiyosumi Maru
Covered with life
Kiyosumi Maru, like most of the wrecks in Truk Lagoon, is covered with coral, anemonies and other life.
Always keep breathing
Trying out the new camera setup on myself
Trying out the macro lens at the Kiyosumi Maru
Blue Devil Damselfish
Sarasvati Anemone Shrimp on top of a Pink Anemonefish
I didn't even notice the shrimp until I was looking at the photo after copying it from my camera :)
Looking out of the cargo hold on Yamagiri Maru
Some artillery shells and other equipment in one of the cargo holds on the Yamagiri Maru. Most of the ships that were sunk in Truk Lagoon were cargo or passenger ships that had been requisitioned by the Japanese Navy in the war. The passenger ships were retrofitted to armed cargo ships and used to carry war supplies.
In the cargo holds of Yamagiri Maru
Leftovers of some artillery and artillery shells
This tutle lives on the deck of the Yamagiri Maru and mainly comes out at night
Skull at the Yamagiri Maru
The skull of a Japanese sailor that went down with the ship over 70 years ago.
I ran into the same turtle again later on the dive. It was chilling undirneat the deck and I accidentally startled it.
This was one of the prettiest coral we saw in Truk Lagoon. Strong red/purple colors contrasted by white trunk.
Artillery on the Nippo Maru
This one is sitting on the deck of the ship along with others (another one can be seen in the background).
Superstructure of the Nippo Maru
Diver, fish, wreck
School of fish swimming along the superstructure of the Nippo Maru and a diver swimming by.
On the deck of Nippo Maru
Schools of fish and some remaining structure on the deck.
The deck or superstructure of the Nippo Maru
Bridge of the Nippo Maru
The steering wheel is there, but the diagonals were made out of wood and have rotted away. The two circles that look like eyes on the steering post are gauges. Behind the steering post is the ship's telegraph.
Mast of Nippo Maru
The masts of the various wrecks in Truk Lagoon are probably the most beautiful parts of the wrecks. Overgrown with coral and surrounded with fish, slow ascents are a delight on the upright wrecks.
Nippo Maru's bow anchor
Overgrown with coral and life. Difficult to see that it is actually an anchor.
Found in the cargo holds of Nippo Maru, someone has placed it on a beam at the cargo hold opening for easy viewing.
Tank on the Nippo Maru
The Nippo Maru is abundant with attractions, including a small tank sitting on the deck.
Outside of Nippo Maru bridge
In this one, the gauges and telegraph are more prominent
The Heian Maru was a submarine tender during the war and was stocked with all kinds of spare parts and ammunitions for submarines, including torpedoes.
At Pizon reef, the boat crew chummed the water with a frozen block of fish that they dropped down to the bottom. What followed was a feeding frenzy where a bunch of blacktip sharks and some other fish swarmed the food while the divers watched from a safe distance.