An 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 Island.
· 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:
Exact dive 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!
Another Copadichromis male, coming out of his den (at right).
That’s how the real thing (the lake!) looks like …
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Footnote: 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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