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Category Shells
Phylum MOLLUSCA
Class GASTROPODA
Order NEOGASTROPODA
Family VOLUTIDAE
Species Melo broderipii
Locality Gato Island. Daanbantayan. Philippines. 27 m. 2005
Photographer Guido Poppe
Picture ID 920657

Dive Point Information

Name Gato Point.
Location Gato Island. Daanbantayan. Philippines.
Date November 9, 2005
Latitude 11 26.908 N
Longitude 124 1.093 E

Dive Information Detail

Deepest Experience 16 m.
General Remarks Site Situated at 1 hour by boat, north of Malapascua Island. A small conical rock, coming out of the ocean and covered by palm trees. The whole Island is plenty of sea snakes, reproducing there. The rocks are needle-sharp, volcanic and access to the Island is difficult and dangerous. Two guards watch the sanctuary of snakes and marine life permanently. Mooring is difficult and the boats have to change locality during the day.
Facilities for Divers Boats from Malapascua will take you there.
Type of Bottom The Island?s shore are quite vertical going to a depth of 15-25 m where a gentle sand slope starts. Huge rocks plenty of caves. Beautiful.
Marine Life Marine life rich in soft corals, shells, crustaceans. Spectacular. The deep sand slope with nice gorgonians. Pygmy sea horses.
Visibility Most often limited to 15 m, but once we dived in 40 m clear water.
Currents Often violent.
Level Recreational when accompanied. Professional for nightdives.