Mitch Milner recently came and dived the newly sunk Kled Gaeow Wreck with The Adventure Club. With only his buddy, the gorgeous Lara, and divemaster Annelies, the team descended onto the wreck. Using his GoPro, Mitch was able to capture some of the fantastic scenes which are quickly making this one of Phi Phi Island’s best dive sites.
At a maximum depth of 26 meters the dive team soon discovered the huge schools of juvenile barracudas, jacks and glassfish that have moved in and are using the ship as a refuge. But wherever you get small fish, you get big fish, and a number of larger predatory fish have also taken up residency.
Ambush predators such as lionfish and scorpionfish lay in wait for the unsuspecting passerby to gobble up. Groupers and coral trout also cruise around waiting for an easy target. Pelagic fish such as trevallys, mackerels and tuna are migrational; travelling from location to the next. They are attracted by the activity at the wreck and cruise in looking for an easy meal. The dive gets noisy as schools of fish dart left and right trying to escape these hungry predators as they dive-bomb their dinner.
Large schools of fish provide safety in numbers, since just the sheer number of fish can cause distractions to the hunters. However, it spells an uncertain future for smaller or injured individuals that get pushed to the outside of the school. The large predators recognize this and move in for easy pickings.
With flashlights in hand the dive team are able to venture into the storage hold of the wreck though the large service hatch on the deck. The hold is huge and allows easy access in and out, and for divers with more experience it is possible to venture up through the tower of the vessel and exit at one of the many other doorways.
Every dive at the wreck is bringing new and exciting surprises.
Thank you Mitch for sharing this video with us.
Video courtesy of Mitch Milner. See more of Mitch’s work at MitchMilner.com