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Nakantenga

Postby Dave G » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:35 pm

Along with Namalenje Island, Nakantenga is a dive site that's really easy to visit from Red Zebra. We got back there in less than one hour. Weather permitting we do our check dives at Namalenje - otherwise it's off to Nakantenga.

This was the last dive of the trip - I had just been recovering from the anchor rescue at Zimbawe Rock (at least I'd been lying down!)

First fish I snapped was a beautiful female auratus (although her tail had been chewed - the fins of wild fish are often nowhere near as good as tank fish)
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What's with the attitude?
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First one of these I'd ever seen - Exochromis anagenys
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I love these guys - Malawi's cleaner fish - crabro
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a couple of nice girls - big Tyrannochromis nigriventer (or is it macrostoma) wonder what the attraction is?
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I suspect this is the answer! What a cracking fish - made the dive for me!
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Not quite sure what this is - would love to have seen a male!
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P ornatus - not as good I think as the Nurungu population (but what do I know?)
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M melanopterus
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Here's that big Tyrannochromis again
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A beautiful mbuna - barlowi
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I don't know if the camouflage is intentional here
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cobalt blue
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pyrsonotus
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fuelleborni (and friend)
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It's the crew
From left to right Dowa Dowa (first mate) Asima (cook) and our beloved captain Lyton Nkhoma!!! (what a character!)
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Back at Red Zebra - notice the two cormorants in flight and the eagle on the mast of the wreck
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So I'd survived the safari - and so had my son - which meant that my wife wouldn't murder me when I got back. The next stage of the trip was the flight home - what a farce that was! Three days we were delayed - one night in Lilongwe and one in Addis Ababa!

I'll be back again one day! But next time its defo to Mozambique and the North East. Minos Reef here I come!
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Tony » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:42 pm

Cracking set of pic's again Dave :tu: ,liking the Barlowi :tu: :tu:
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby chris33 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:48 pm

Fab photos there matey. You live the dream. :tu:
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby StiggyAllen » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:40 pm

Great photos once again. Those tyrannachromis look brilliant. Are they fully grown?
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Deak » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:03 pm

im with tony the barlowi fecking rocks!!! gorgeous looking crabro too :tu: :tu:
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Barry » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:02 pm

That crabro steals the show for me! Much yellower than the one I used to have, which was almost orange. I also love the bright yellow on the auratus - so vivid!

Cracking stuff again Dave! :tu: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Deak » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:07 pm

Barry wrote:That crabro steals the show for me! Much yellower than the one I used to have, which was almost orange.


yeah mines more mustardy colour except the male now lmao gotta squint to see that little bleeder when hes at the back lmao hes still the only one that goes for me :angry-cussingblack:

i take it your laddo wants a return trip dave lol
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Dave G » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:16 pm

Dunno if my lad will come back with me! As a dive leader I was responsible for him and it sort of made me behave. I think he'll come back if I pay! He's got other parts of the World he also wants to see! I'll definitely be back some time though - although I'd like more guest houses and less camping next time (I'm getting old)

The Tyrannochromis was about a foot long so I suppose it' was fully grown. He showed me some real attitude! I love the big haps especially the fancy predators!

Glad you like the barlowi - along with the pyrsonotus (red tops) it was one of the 'sought' fish on the dive.
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Clare » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:06 pm

Fantastic collection yet again. The barlowi are stunning. They are just stunning with that blue hue on the finnage. :tu:

Hurry up and go back, I want new photos. :)
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Re: Nakantenga

Postby Barry » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:22 pm

I've just done a search on AC to see if anyone is advertising barlowi. There's a guy in Fife who has breeding pairs for £20. Doesn't say if he posts though.
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