Always and forever in Tulamben, are striped eel catfish (Plotosus lineatus) schooling together around coral reefs!
Bali Dream Divers’ PADI Pro Divers will take every opportunity to ’round up’ some striped eel catfish to show their diving guests or students. Usually the species school in a dense ball, and there can be up to 100 together! When ‘herding’ these fish, take care to do so gently because they have a few venomous spines in their fins that MAY be fatal in certain circumstances (i.e. pre-existing medical conditions). Then again, ALL fish use their ‘last resort’ defense mechanism under certain circumstances too. Animals don’t want to get in to a fight, they have no ulterior motive – they just want to survive!
If you are uncertain of your health just visit your general practitioner for a physical to determine you are fit for scuba diving. For any PADI dive course student, our Bali Dream Divers’ PADI Instructors will require your utmost honesty when answering the standard RSTC Medical questionnaire; and it’s for your own SAFE scuba diving practice too! Contact our ‘Dream Team’ for more information on the requirements of PADI scuba diving with us in Tulamben, Bali!