Giant Trevally Hunting a Baitball

One of the best things to experience underwater is a true baitball happening right in front of your eyes.  Areas such as South Africa are famous for its’ Sardine Run but it’s certainly not the only place in the world to see this sort of activity.  In Indonesia, Komodo National Park is a great place to witness baitballs at a couple of the popular dive sites, including where this one was filmed: Batu Bolong.  For those who don’t know Batu Bolong, it’s a large pinnacle sticking out of the middle of a large channel with a massive amount of water running through it.  On this occasion, instead of going to the “safe side” of the rock, I stayed on the current side in the shallow water in order to watch what sort of action would happen.  I was very happy to find that there was a massive school of fusiliers hanging just off the reef which were being hunted by several dozen giant trevally, napolean wrasse, and even a few white tip and grey reef sharks.  The best way to describe it?  Watch the video!  (perhaps the speed was played with a bit on this one…)

 

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