Shipwrecks & Other Dive Sites of Coron

Page 4 - Oct 2008

- Barracuda Lake - Just Plain Weird -

But also, very cool.  Barracuda Lake is basically a freshwater body on Coron Island, although there are some aquifers that allow seawater to enter and exit the lake as well, depending on the tides.  As a result, there are some wicked haloclines with very evident transitions between salt and freshwater.  The lake has got some crazy thermoclines as well, due to local geothermal activity.  The surface temperature is around 88 F, but it will reach 97 at the 60 or 70 foot mark.  Deeper than that, the water begins to cool off again.  It appears to have once been a dry cavern with all sorts of odd stone formations, apparently resulting from erosion, volcanic activity, and other types of geologic activity.  It all adds up to a rather Jurassic looking oddity.  You have to hike your gear up to the entry point - some surface pics can be seen here.

 

The entry/exit point for divers, as viewed from below the surface

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

The silt on the parts of the bottom of Barracuda Lake is extremely porous and has a rather gelatinous texture

 

 

It's like an underwater dust storm

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Remain still and shrimp will crawl out from under rocks and pick at your cuticles

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Barracuda Lake

 

 

Antiaircraft Guns on the Akitsushima Wreck

 

 

Artillery Shell on the Akitsushima - Nov 2009

 

 

Lionfish on the Olympia Maru Wreck

 

 

Nudibranch on the Okikawa Maru Wreck

 

 

Morozan Maru Wreck - Nov 2009

 

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