Our latest PADI Open Water divers, locals Dane and Ryan on their final boat dive. Welcome to the club guys!! Hope to see you underwater again soon!
On this day 24 years ago a young WA couple, Wayne Stewart and Leanne Hammence, decided to start a dive business on Christmas Island. Christmas Island Wet’n’Dry Adventures was born, starting out in a small flat in the Kampong.
In early 1996, a Japanese guy arrived for a diving holiday. Although he was meant to stay for only 3 days, he ripped-up his return ticket to Japan and stayed. Despite having very little English, he plucked up the courage to ask Wayne (with his English dictionary in his left hand) for a job: “Me. Diving. Job,” and he has been diving here on Christmas Island ever since!
By 1999, Wayne and Leanne were ready for a change and that Japanese guy(now with slightly better English) took on their business as his own. With just 14 tanks, 4 x sets of rental gear, a 1974 model Land Rover and “Feral” the trusty boat. Hama ran the business from his tiny backpacker’s room behind the Rumah Tinggi.
He had the opportunity to expand his business on many occasions, but he made the conscious decision to keep it small and personal. Focusing on small groups with small impact, he places a high value on friendly customer service.
22 years later he is still here on the island, running the same small business. Now he has help from his wife, two daughters and dive master extroadinaire, Lynny Jenyns.
Thank you to Wayne and Leanne. None of this would have been possible without your support and kindness. Hama still cant believe the serendipity when he discovered that the business was registered on 13th June, Hama’s birthday. “This is my business, it is my destiny”
Happy 24th Anniversary Wet’nDry. Happy Birthday Hama. Thank you Wayne and Leanne.
Congratulations to Sam for completing her PADI Open Water Diver course. We wish her all the best as she heads off to explore a whole new world underwater. Dive wherever you go!!
Everything is OK!! Congratulations to Erica and Najla, our happy new Open Water divers. Looking forward to many more dives in the Indian Ocean and beyond with you both. Cheers.
Big thanks to Matt and Christol and Will and Charmaine for changing your holiday plans to fit in with our return from Japan, much appreciated.
Also, Happy 60th Birthday to Matt, may you enjoy all the benefits of your seniors card!! Hama and Lynny now want to have a special heated wetsuit just like yours!! We will be working on your suggestion for an onboard sashimi and wasabi bar, so please come and visit us again soon!!
Happy Birthday Sue!!!
Thanks for sharing your special day with WetnDry, or should we say 'WetnWet'. Although our surprise was a little soggier than planned, (that rain just wouldn't let up) you still managed to smile and have fun. What great sports! Your birthday dive trip will now also go in our logs as our 'PINKest' dive ever!!!
Thank you Sue and Barry for coming to dive with us every year, we hope you had a great time.
A big thank you to our "Cave Warriors" aka Janet&Wayne, Deb &Rob and Marg &Garry for showing your appreciation in true Christmas Island fashion: on the roundabout blackboards!
Its nice to be appreciated and seriously it was a pleasure to have you on board. Hope we see you back again some day soon.
Today's guest blogger, marine biologist Dr. J.P. Hobbs, has been studying Christmas Island underwater for over 10 years and has a particular interest in marine hybrids.
'Christmas Island has more hybrid fish than anywhere else in the world, making it a marine hybridization zone of international significance!'
Christmas Island is surrounded by a narrow fringing reef which supports bountiful marine life, including 88 coral species and more than 650 species of fish. The island is located on the edge of the Java Trench, the deepest point in the Indian Ocean, creating spectacular steep drop-offs just beyond the fringing reefs.
Christmas Island’s fish community is distinctive because the island is a meeting place for Indian and Pacific Ocean fish species – it’s one of the few locations in the world where Indian and Pacific Ocean fish swim side by side. Some of these species interbreed to produce hybrids. Christmas Island has more hybrid fish than anywhere else in the world, making it a marine hybridization zone of international significance.
At least 11 different hybrids have been recorded at Christmas Island. These hybrids are often a result of interbreeding between Indian and Pacific Ocean species. Usually one of the parent species is rare and unable to find a partner, forcing it to mate with the next closest species. On Christmas Island, species of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, triggerfish, wrasse and toadfish have been know to produce hybrids. The hybrids are identified by their unique colour patterns, which are a mixture of the two parent species.For example, the Lemon Peel and Eibl's Angelfish come together to create the beautiful hybrid pictured above. Hybrids can be seen in the same locations as the parent species and often in the same social groups. So keep your eye out for them the next time you are out snorkelling or diving on Christmas Island.
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