18 – 22 April 2010
Dirk Fahrenbach is a dear old friend of Yogi’s. He owns and runs Dugong Dive Center in Club Paradise and we met him in Singapore during ADEX 2010. Upon finding out what we’ve been up to, Dirk immediately asked when we were visiting him in Club Paradise.
Still too many places to go, we were literally running out of time. But reality was we were also lacking marine mammal images during this expedition. We knew we had to try to make it to Club Paradise because this could be the only place we’ll be lucky enough to find a dugong underwater. This was the very place Yogi photographed on film the much-published dugong pictures taken some 12 years ago.
So we went to Club Paradise. About half an hour away from the resort, I got a text message from Menchie, Manager of Dugong Dive Center, that Yogi must have such positive energies. There was a dugong in the house reef. It had just arrived! Oh boy. I’m getting goose pimples just remembering it.
So, we arrived sometime noon and soon after a quick reunion with Yogi’s other old friends Rolf and Menchie, I signed our dive papers and off we went diving. There was indeed a dugong in the seagrass beds right in front of the resort. The Germans have a perfect word to call this – unglaublich! UNBELIEVABLE.