Bring your sweet lips a little closer

….yes am talking to the Indian Ocean Oriental Sweetlips deep water fish in Grande Islands Goa,India.

Elsie Gabriel

Indian Ocean oriental Sweetlips species is a beautiful creature .As a certified Advanced Underwater Naturalists there is nothing more mesmerizing than being underwater with the corals and fish. Well it was nirvana that I found while deep sea diving at the Grande Islands Goa.

Elsie Gabriel advanced open water diver at ship wrecks Goa

The Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips, officially called the Plectorhinchus vittatus, is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. This species can be found on both coral and rock reefs at depths from 5 to 30 m. Also known as Grunts, Plectorhinchus vittatus, Oriental Sweetlip, Indian Ocean Oriental Sweetlips, Oriental Dogfish and Oriental Grunt. Found singly or in small groups in caves, along inner reef drop-off’s of coral reefs, lagoons and seaward reefs. Adults recognised by the striped pattern and spotted fins. Juveniles are blotched and found in shallow lagoons. They feed on fish and benthic crustaceans. They are mainly widespread Indo-West Pacific Sweetlips are usually found either singly or in groups hovering over the reef during the day. They are nocturnal predators feeding on fish and benthic crustaceans.Sweetlips can be distinguished from other species by their very large rubbery lips. No wonder they are called sweet lips…very fascinating.

ocean Goa India diving

I can not emphasis enough that the time is ‘now’, with so much climate change happening around us, we need to connect with nature and become one with nature. With the onslaught of pollution and sewage into the sea, there is much pollution and plastic leftovers. Collecting pieces of plastics from under the ocean was something I thought I would never see or have to collect,and it is truly a disgrace how our plastics end up at the bottom of the coean. What will we leave behind for our childrens,children is the question. Teach your children about marine biodiversity, encourage outdoor lake, seas and oceans trips instead of being indoors. Create a bridge between the digital and ecological world, you will see natures healing power working wonders on the students.

Elsie Gabriel deep sea diving nirvana with marine life and ship wrecks!

Discovering ecosystems, fish and their habitat, is one of the best lessons as a family one could learn together. You’ll see new things, even on the most familiar beach sites. Because when you know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviours and see creatures you may learn key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds. Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths. Responsible interactions with aquatic life.

Elsie Gabriel Mentor Climate Reality project says Conserve and keep our marine waters free of plastics.

Explore the waters around you. Exploring one‟s biophysical environments in one‟s own backyard is important for encouraging imagination and creativity; cognitive and intellectual development and social relationships. As a Mentor of the Climate Reality project India I strongly recommend that you encourage the young to bond with nature. Not only will they want to keep our planet clean but ,You never know if they find a calling for careers in the environment field. You don‟t have to dream about surfing on an exotic island when one talks about getting outdoors. Basically any green time is pure healing. I am not suggesting that nature‟s healing power is only found in treks and the wilderness – no, but simply in the footpaths, nearby green parks and beach front walks as well. Long term success can be reached while educating children and young adults about nature and getting them outdoors. Outdoor trails are a stress buster for sure and increase happiness through unstructured exploration and play-way methods. It is said that thirty percent of the world‟s population is under the age of eighteen, and the young need to grow up knowing that nature is our friend rather than believing that we can continue to milk nature of all the resources and simply keep treading heavily on her, leaving behind heavy duty carbon footprints.

Always yearn to know more when you are at aquariums or underwater by becoming familiar with marine critters, their behaviors and their role is in the aquatic ecosystem. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment. You can watch out for symbioses, predator/prey, and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life.

Learning what’s what underwater has always fascinated me. Each ecosystem is a little different, and offers a host of new challenges for identifying what you’ve seen on a dive. Personally, I’ve dived the indo-pacific, tropical pacific and Australia the most, with a smattering of dives in the Mauritius.


But guess what, in my own back yard, Goa in India itself showed me the shipwrecks and fish that makes me echo- Incredible India! This is about the Ship Wreck I dived to see.Schools of fish haunted the ship wreck not to mention some coral life too were seen emerging around it. I’ am sharing this with you, if you are inspired and  like my article do show some love and share it, secondly let me have your reviews and follow my blog ofcourse…here you go…Built in U.K. in the 1930’s, Suzy’s wreck aka SS Rita, is a 130 meter metal cargo ship resting in a shallow, calm, sandy bay off Grande Island. She reportedly arrived carrying a cargo of railroad tracks and sank in a storm with loss of only one life. Much of the wreck has been salvaged leaving a superstructure covered in molluscs with small soft and hard corals giving home to small critters such as Blennies, Nudibranch, baby Lobster, Clams, Tiger Cowries to name a few. Ever changing, the abundance and diversity of fish life including Barracuda, Batfish, Angelfish, Snappers, Lionfish, Sweetlips, Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Moorish idols, Bannerfish, Groupers, Moray Eels, Puffers, Boxfish, Flounders, Stargazers, Squid and Rays, continue to thrill and amaze beginners and experienced divers alike.

Suzy wasn’t a wreck for me , it was a discovery to my love for more marine research for many more deep sea dives all over the world.



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