After the previous week’s trip to the Musandam, we were back on home turf last Friday although not what you would call familiar territory. Having found the “Tek” at the co-ordinates given to us, we went to look at the other site we were told about - the “Mullah 2”. As with the Tek, we have no idea whether this is the real name of the ship or whether it’s a name that someone has made up but I suppose this doesn’t really matter. Anyway, I’m pleased to report that the co-ordinates were good and there is indeed a wreck to be dived.
The Mullah 2 is a cargo ship, maybe 60m long sitting upright in 28m of water, about 30km north of Hamriyah. A bit deep for inexperienced divers maybe but all the interesting stuff is in 20m or so. The holds are deeper but these are empty. There are some ways inside and further exploration is in order. The viz was a bit murky but not as bad as all that and there was some fish life though maybe not as profuse as elsewhere.
The original plan was to check out another set of co-ordinates that we have but know nothing about but we decided to save this for another day. The sea was picking up and having gone to the limit of the no-stop time, a shallower dive seemed in order. We headed for the Tek to have another look but on the way a diversion – a pod of twenty or so dolphins swimming around the boat. We followed them for ten minutes before moving off.
The Tek was as remembered which is to say a small tug boat in 18m of water. The viz was excellent as it was on our first visit which makes me wonder whether it’s usually good at that location. The ray we saw last time had moved on but there’s plenty of other fish life and you can float around with a view of the whole wreck.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.