Underwater Wildlife Adventure – Scuba Diving at Shallow Sponge, Sodwana Bay, South Africa

  • November 2, 2021

In this video, we go on an underwater wildlife adventure at Sodwana, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This particular dive spot on the reef is known as “Shallow Sponge.” This was my first scuba dive at Sodwana Bay so I have decided to share what I saw on our journey down the reef. 

If you happen to know what species it is, please let me know in the comments below, and while you are at it, give this video a like and subscribe. I’m by no means a marine biologist so feel free to let me know if I incorrectly identify anything during this dive. I’m always excited to learn and it would be great to be able to correctly identify and become familiar with all of these amazing animals. 

I came across what I believe to be a Geometric Moray Eel (Gymnothorax griseus)

Another vividly-colored Nudibranch.

Here we spotted a pair of Threadfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga)

Some exquisite Sea Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), these fish are sexually dimorphic, females are golden and males larger and more darkly colored.

Some Surgeonfish and some more Sea Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis). 

An elegant Moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus)

And a majestic Blue-Powder Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon)

Here we have one of my favorite species to encounter underwater, the massive Potato Grouper (Epinephelus tukula) or as we call them in South Africa, Potato Bass.

I just absolutely love finding Potato Bass, as they seem very intelligent and curious. They are also somewhat affectionate with either other. 

Another pair of Allard’s Clownfish (Amphiprion allardi).

And this was such an incredible sighting. An adult Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). The Green Sea Turtle is listed as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and their population is severely fragmented. It really is a life-changing experience when you first dive with a Sea Turtle, and I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing them. 

For me, swimming alongside this Green Sea Turtle  (Chelonia mydas) was most definitely the highlight of this dive. 

I hope that you enjoyed this underwater wildlife adventure with me, I know it’s something different. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more underwater wildlife documentaries. I look forward to seeing you on my next adventure. 

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