Our future Marine Scientist students from the Cardiff University who are staying at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre received a special and rare treat during one of their dives when a rare Porcupine Stingray made a special appearance and unknowingly rested on the group’s transect.
The creature was so friendly that resident Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Swann was able to get very close while taking some nice pictures as it happily sat posing oblivious to our excitement.
This rare species of stingray is from the family Dasyatidae (the only member of the genus) and is listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Named Urogymnus meaning “Naked tail or unarmed” referring to its lack of defensive spike & asperrimus meaning “roughest” referring to its thorny skin texture. However the sharp spiky skin covering on its topside still offers excellent protection & the thorny tail can deliver a formidable “whip” so this animal is far from defenceless & should be treated with respect & caution.
A few days before this the same group encountered a turtle on their dive and gave them a chance to practise their buoyancy skills as they observe the gentle creature. As you can see, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park where we conduct our programs & training dives has a variety of animals which may or may not make an appearance when you go into the water.
Choosing to do your recreational or professional dive courses with Downbelow will be a wise decision in terms of professional training, safety assurance & enjoyment. With shallow and confined water for practise dives and beautiful exotic marine creatures to distract you, this is a good location for your PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) or any scuba diving program . Teaching and sharing their knowledge with you will be Platinum PADI CD Richard and his team of GoPro instructors.
Contact us if you have any enquiries regarding our dive centre or about the marine animals that visit us!