Monday, October 22, 2012

Myanmar expedition 2007~ "Myanmar Magic in (HD) "

Myanmar expedition 2007. 

Buddhist monks and Burmese people from Kaw Thaung on the Burma / Thailand border and underwater footage from scuba diving in the Mergui Archipelago.

Featuring diverse marine life including whale shark and eagle ray at Black Rock, octopus, lionfish, snapper and other schooling fish, jellyfish, nurse shark and stingrays at Shark Cave, scorpionfish, crocodilefish, cave diving at Western Rocky Island, barracuda, anemonefish, crabs, and moray eels with cleaner shrimp.

Shot in March 2007 with

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View the names of all the dive sites and names of all the tropical fish and other marine life by turning on closed captions with the CC button. Here is the full shot list of locations and species names:

0:00 - These captions can be turned off with the CC button
0:05 - Kaw Thaung (Victoria Point), Myanmar (Burma)
0:15 - Buddhist pagodas
0:19 - Buddha images at Kaw Thaung temple
0:22 - Buddhist monks at Piw Daw Aye pagoda, Kaw Thaung
0:46 - Kaw Thaung
0:50 - High Rock, Mergui Archipelago
1:12 - Mottled Fusiliers, Dipterygonotus balteatus, at Fan Forest Pinnacle
1:18 - Clark's anemonefish, Amphiprion clarkii, at Silvertip Bank
1:28 - Day octopus, Octopus cyanea, at Fan Forest Pinnacle
1:38 - Sawtooth barracuda, Sphyraena putnamae, at Black Rock
2:07 - Red lionfish, Pterois volitans, at Fan Forest Pinnacle
2:14 - Fan Forest Pinnacle (Mergui Archipelago)
2:20 - Spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari, at Black Rock
2:30 - Mangrove red snapper, Lutjanus argentimaculatus, at Black Rock
2:40 - Whale shark, Rhincodon typus, at Black Rock
3:06 - Live sharksuckers, Echeneis naucrates, "hitchhiking"
3:16 - Western Rocky Island, Mergui Archipelago
3:28 - Shark Cave, Mergui Archipelago
3:35 - Tawny nurse shark, Nebrius ferrugineus, at Shark Cave
3:44 - Canyon at Shark Cave
3:50 - Shark Cave
3:54 - Rhizostome jellyfish, Crambione mastigophora
4:40 - Devil scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis diabolus
4:12 - Juvenile emperor red snapper, Lutjanus sebae, and red lionfish, Pterois volitans
4:18 - Blotched fantail ray, Taeniura meyeni
4:40 - Jenkins whipray, Himantura jenkinsii, at Shark Cave
4:50 - Crocodile fish, Cymbacephalus beauforti
4:55 - Leopard blenny, Exallias brevis, in cauliflower coral, Pocillopora sp., at Silvertip Bank
4:59 - Red-spotted coral crab, Trapezia rufopunctata (or tigrina)
5:05 - Durban hinge-beak shrimps, Rhynchocinetes durbanensis, at High Rock
5:11 - Anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus, at Shark Cave
5:20 - Greyface morays, Gymnothorax thyrsoideus, at Fan Forest Pinnacle
5:24 - Fimbriated moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, & greyface moray, Gymnothorax thyrsoideus
5:30 - Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus, &skunk cleaner shrimp, Lysmata amboinensis
5:37 - Honeycomb moray, Gymnothorax favagineus, at Black Rock
5:41 - Zebra moray eel, Gymnomuraena zebra, at Fan Forest Pinnacle
5:45 - Chromodoris geminus (nudibranch) at Western Rocky Island
5:51 - Spanish dancer, Hexabranchus sanguineus, (nudibranch) at North Twin
6:13 - North Twin, Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago (also Myeik Archipelago or Myeik Kyunzu; Burmese: မြိတ်ကျွန်းစု) is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar (Burma) and is part of the Tanintharyi Region

It consists of more than 800 islands, varying in size from very small to hundreds of square kilometres, all lying in the Andaman Sea off the western shore of the Malay Peninsula near its landward (northern) end where it joins the rest of Indochina

Occasionally the islands are referred to as the Pashu Islands because the Malay inhabitants are locally called Pashu.

Map of the Mergui Archipelago



Port of Mergui
Geologically, the islands are characterized mainly by limestone and granite.

They are generally covered with thick tropical growth, including rainforest, and their shorelines are punctuated by beaches, rocky headlands, and in some places, mangrove swamps. Offshore are extensive coral reefs.

The archipelago's virtual isolation from most of mankind's influence on the natural environment has given the islands and the surrounding waters of the Andaman Sea a great diversity of flora and fauna, contributing to the region's growing popularity as a diving destination, representing megafaunas such as whale sharks and even killer whales.[1]

Mergui Archipelago Village
On the islands themselves, various animals thrive, including deer, monkeys, tropical birds including hornbills, and wild swine.

There are even unconfirmed reports of Sumatran rhinoceros on Lanbi, one of the bigger islands, but this has been widely discredited.

Environmental threats to the region include overfishing and also blast fishing. Myanmar's current military government, the "State Peace and Development Council", has not done much to deal with these problems.


The largest and highest island is King Island at 767 metres [2] across the inland channel from Mergui (Myeik). Other important islands are:


The local people are an ethnic minority called the Moken, sometimes known as sea Gypsies, although this term actually covers several groups in Southeast Asia.

They are a sea-dwelling people and they follow a traditional way of life, doing things such as fishing and building boats very much the way they have done for centuries.

They can be found living on their traditional boats during the dry season, but usually keep to land in the rainy season.

The Moken claim that the islands were detached from the mainland after a great mythological flood.[3]

Moken Village

Violence by the military regime in the archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago is located in Tanintharyi Region, one of the regions heavily impacted by violence during the Burmese Civil War.

Violence in the Mergui archipelago has often targeted civilians including the massacres of fishermen and the entire population of the picturesque Christie Island.[4][5]


The area was only opened up to foreign tourism in 1997 after negotiations between Myanmar and dive operators from Phuket in Thailand.[6][3]

 The archipelago's isolation is such that much of it has not even yet been thoroughly explored.[citation needed]

The best diving conditions exist from December to April, with whale sharks and manta rays visiting from February to May.

A five-star casino and golf resort, the Andaman Club now operates on Thahtay Kyun Island.

In popular culture

  • In the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a disguised voice sends an ultimatum to NATO demanding that they pay SPECTRE a ransom of white flawless diamonds worth £100 million to be deposited in the Mergui Archipelago off the coast of Myanmar.
  • The Mergui Archipelago has appeared in several of W.E. Johns's "Biggles" books: Biggles – Air Commodore (1937), Biggles Delivers the Goods (1946), and Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns (1964).


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